I have a passion for and experience with connecting community members to library resources through interdisciplinary collaboration and instruction and innovative programming. I love using my skills to forward libraries' role in supporting the mission of higher education by serving and retaining students to graduation, and preparing them to be engaged and responsible global citizens in pursuit of meaningful personal and professional futures. I value opportunities to use my strengths in instruction, assessment, programming, and outreach to serve diverse groups of library constituents, as that is work that energizes and excites me! I love serving academic learning communities because librarians have such diverse responsibilities; I am an educator, organizer, facilitator, collaborator, outreach expert, and public servant. Above all else, I am a person who cares and wants to help the campus community be successful.

I currently serve as an Instruction Librarian at Iowa State University. I began this position in July of 2017. Prior to this role I served as Coordinator of Information Literacy Instruction and User Experience Librarian at Grand View University in Des Moines from 2016-2017 and Faculty Development & Instruction Librarian from 2011-2016.  I am a member of the Iowa Library AssociationILA/ACRL, and contribute regularly to the iLOVE (instruction Librarians Organization for Virtual Engagement) Blog. I received my MLS from Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science (May, 2011). Prior to graduate school, I spent three years teaching elementary and middle school students to play stringed instruments. I am a 2005 graduate of Luther College, and returned to Decorah for 13 summers to serve as a counselor for the Dorian Summer Music Camps. I grew up in Boone, IA and am proud to be an Iowan!

Among the things I love are family, friends, teaching, learning, laughing, music, listening, volunteering, the arts, NPR, hiking, and dogs.