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I Love My Librarian: Nominate your favorite Librarian

Has a librarian made a difference in your life or gone above and beyond to serve your community?

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Patricia Andersen

Assessment and User Librarian


Patricia has a background working in the Mining Industry in Australia and Namibia. She joined the Library’s Front Desk staff in 1999. Patricia now works on Assessment and User Experience, chairing committees in these areas, and providing use statistics.

Current interests include designing space use for both the current Library and the anticipated Library renovation.


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Gyasi Evans

Outreach and Engagement Librarian 

 Gyasi is the Outreach & Engagement Librarian at the Arthur Lakes Library since July 2017. As the Outreach & Engagement Librarian, he works across-campus to connect with the Mines & Golden community members with library services and information resources.


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Amy Hitchner

Metadata Initiatives Librarian 

Amy joined the Mines faculty in 2018 as the Metadata Initiatives Librarian. Amy earned her MLIS from the University of Denver, specializing in Resource Description and Access and completing a music cataloging practicum at CU Boulder.


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Chris Thiry

Map & GIS Librarian 

Academic Outreach Coordinator 

Chris has been the Map & GIS Librarian at Mines since 1995. He has extensive knowledge regarding map and GIS resources, map cataloging, and mining history. As the Academic Outreach Coordinator, he has met with a large number of Mines faculty and staff members regarding Library services and resources.



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I Love My Librarian Award is open through November 9, 2020. 

Has a librarian made a difference in your life or gone above and beyond to serve your community? The I Love My Librarian Award invites library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Each year, 10 librarians are selected to receive a $5,000 cash award and $750 for their library in recognition of their outstanding public service.

Wondering how to make your nomination stand out? Check out these tips for making the best possible case for your librarian.

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Since the award was established in 2008, 120 librarians have received this distinguished honor. In that time, library users nationwide have shared more than 20,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond in their commitment to inclusivity, literacy, and digital access.

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Emily Bongiovanni

Scholarly Communications Librarian 

Emily is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Colorado School of Mines,

where she supports faculty and students throughout the research lifecycle and promotes Open Science.


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Joseph Kraus

Reference Librarian 

Prior to joining the Arthur Lakes library as a reference librarian, Joseph was at the University of Denver Main Library from 1998 to 2016 where he served in two roles. He was the Science and Engineering Reference Librarian from 1998 to 2012 and then as an Electronic Resources/Collections

Analysis Librarian from 2012 to 2016.




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Patrick Farrell 

Systems Architecture & Web Servies Librarian 

  Patrick joined the faculty in 2019. Before coming to Mines, he was the Digital Experience Manager at the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL), where he led initiatives to improve and integrate discovery and communication infrastructure, most notably two website redesigns and a platform migration of the library catalog. 



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Lisa Nickum 

Systems Discovery Librarian 

As Systems Discovery Librarian, Lisa ensures robust library systems that facilitate search, discovery, and delivery of library services and resources in both the physical and digital realms. She takes a service-centric approach to improve access to and promote library materials for the Mines community.


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Carol Smith 

University Librarian 

Prior to Mines, Carol served as Library Director at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO (2013-2016). At the University of Central Missouri (2006-2013), she was a tenured Associate Professor of Library Services, serving as both a Business Librarian (2006-2010) and Technology Initiatives Librarian (2010-2013).

Carol is a forward-thinking librarian who is a dedicated adherent to and practitioner of Dr. R. David Lankes’ model of New Librarianship. EMAIL:


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Christine Baker

Special Formats Metadata Librarian 


Christine has been at Mines since 2004. She began at the Library’s Front Desk and then moved into the Library’s Government Publications section where she developed a keen interest in cataloging and metadata. Soon afterward, and ever since, Christine has taken on the role of Special Formats Metadata Librarian where she works to ensure access to and discovery of the Library’s special formats, both in the online catalog and in Mines Institutional Repository. 


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Lisa Dunn

Head of Research
Head of Special Collections

Lisa's focus is on how people discover, access, and use information, with an emphasis on earth sciences and other STEM disciplines. Her research interests include discoverability of content; how people evaluate information sources; and integrating archival materials into inquiry and instruction. 


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Brianna Buljung

Teaching and Learning Librarian 


As the Teaching & Learning Librarian, Brianna coordinates the Library’s information literacy program. She collaborates with classroom faculty to integrate information literacy instruction into the curriculum, teaches sessions, develops policy, and supports the efforts of other instruction librarians.

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Anna Seiffert

Head of Collection Management Services 

Electronic Resources &Collections Assessment Librarian 

Anna is the Head of Collection Management Services as well as the Electronic Resources & Collection Assessment Librarian at Arthur Lakes Library. She joined the Mines faculty in 2016 where she has worked on assessment, collection development & management, and the eResource lifecycle.