Some of the University of Minnesota Libraries' rarest and most unique items pass through the hands of Christine DeZelar-Tiedman. From Civil War journals to guestbooks featuring the signatures of literary giants like Sinclair Lewis, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas. Christine works with a team of librarians to review rare objects and make sure they are discoverable by the researchers that need them.
Librarian Kim Clarke loves to help people and considers herself a "research coach." She finds it enormously gratifying to make instructors’ jobs easier and ignite students’ passion for learning. “I love what I do,” Clarke says. “Watching a student or researcher have this ‘aha!’ moment, their eyes glow and they get so excited. It’s wonderful to see when things start to gel.”
A wildlife biologist who professes to know a little about many things, André Nault initially pursued a career in library sciences to get better at sating his curiosity. Along the way he discovered how much he enjoys teaching others his tricks of the trade. Nault, who is head of the Veterinary Medical Library and a liaison librarian for faculty, tackles his job in a nontraditional way.
Danika Stegeman is a librarian by day and poet by night. She gets enormous satisfaction from both pursuits, and she believes that each side of her work persona benefits the other. As a course reserve coordinator at Wilson Library, Stegeman works with instructors to make online and printed course materials available to students.
Lisa Vecoli loves observing those light bulb moments. They happen when patrons of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies suddenly see their personal...
Rafael Emilio Tarrago has a palpable thirst for knowledge and a quest to share it with others. It’s this hunger to learn that still motivates him after 20 years as a librarian at the University of Minnesota.