Michelle L. Twait

mtwait@gustavus.edu
homepages.gac.edu/~mtwait/
 
Education: MA, Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (2004).
Graduate Certificate, Educational Computing and Technology, University of Minnesota - Duluth (2000).
MSLIS, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (1999).
BA, History, Gustavus Adolphus College (1998).
Experience: 2000 - present
Librarian, Gustavus Adolphus College. During my first two years, I managed the electronic resources in our collection. In September 2002, I became the library's reference coordinator. I also participate in the shared management of the library, teach instruction sessions, staff the reference desk, and act as liaison to a variety of departments on campus.

1999-2000
Instruction Coordinator, University of Minnesota - Morris. I coordinated, planned, and developed user education programs for Briggs Library at UMM. In addition to managing the government documents collection, I also participated in reference services and collection development.

Papers and Presentations:

"Something Old, Someone New: Introducing Archives to Millennials," a session presented with Jeff Jenson at the New Directions in Information Fluency conference at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, April 5, 2014.

"Research in the Real World: Information Fluency and Civic Engagement," a session presented at the New Directions in Information Fluency conference at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, April 5, 2014.

“Research Behaviors of Sophomore Students,” a Faculty Shop Talk presented with Anna Hulseberg at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN, October 25, 2013.

“The (Not So) Lazy Days of Summer: Library Support for Summer Academic Programs,” a session presented with Anna Hulseberg at the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference in Saint Cloud, MN, October 11, 2013.

“Undergraduate Marketing Interns: Peer-to-Peer Outreach and Promotion,” a poster session presented with former library marketing interns Baileigh Faust ('13), Tristan Richards ('13), and Erin Simon ('12) at the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference in Saint Cloud, MN, October 10, 2013.

“Mentors Making a Difference: Mentoring Students in Academic Libraries,” a roundtable discussion facilitated with Anna Hulseberg. Offered as part of the Association of College & Research Libraries conference on April 11, 2013.

"Undergraduate Marketing Internship," a panel presentation with Tristan Richards ’13.  Presented as part of a Minnesota Oberlin Group workshop in St. Peter, MN, November 3, 2011.

"Mentoring and Advising for Vocation/Gustavus as a Mentoring Community," a panel presentation with Julie Johnson and Jon Grinnell.  Presented as part of the "Summer Faculty Development Seminar on Vocation, Teaching, and Learning in the Liberal Arts," a workshop held in St. Peter, MN, June 9, 2010.

"Libraries as Mentoring Communities," a session prepared with Anna Hulseberg and Jeff Jenson for the annual conference of the Minnesota Library Association in St. Cloud, MN, October 15, 2009.

"Staff Development 2.0," a session presented with Sarah Monson and Sonja Timmerman at the annual conference of the Minnesota Library Association in Bloomington, MN, November 19, 2008.

"Crossroads and Detours on the Path to Information Seeking," a paper presented at the Academic and Research Libraries Division Day in Chanhassen, MN, April 30, 2007.

"Designing Library Websites to Support Student Learning: A User-Centered Approach," a poster session presented with Anna Hulseberg at the Academic and Research Libraries Division Day in Chanhassen, MN, April 28, 2006.

"The Library as a Mentoring Community," a panel presentation with Barbara Fister and Kathie Martin. Presented as part of "Our Students: Training, Teaching, and Mentoring," a Minnesota Oberlin Group workshop in St. Peter, MN, January 17, 2006.

"Marketing Your Library," a poster session presented at the annual Southcentral Minnesota Inter-Library Exchange (SMILE) meeting in North Mankato, MN, April 21, 2005.

"Assessment as Opportunity: Knowing Your Students, Reaching Your Faculty," a poster session presented with Barbara Fister at the 12th National Association of College and Research Libraries conference in Minneapolis, MN, April 7-10, 2005.

"Making Collaborative Marketing Plans," a workshop presented to the Twin Cities Biomedical Consortium at Fairview Southdale Hospital on January 11, 2005.

"Students as Information Consumers: What They 'Buy' and Why," a paper presented at the annual conference of the Minnesota Library Association in Duluth, MN, October 6-8, 2004.

"Learning Styles: Practical Applications in Bibliographic Instruction," a workshop presented with Jean Beccone (Macalester) and Dave Collins (Macalester) at the College of St. Benedict on June 9, 2004.

"Toss the Bag of Tricks: Fostering Motivation in Library Instruction," a paper presented at the 31st national LOEX (Clearinghouse for Library Instruction) conference in Madison, WI, May 8-10, 2003.

"A 'Questionable' Collaboration at the Reference Desk," a poster session presented at the MINITEX/University of Minnesota Reference Services Symposium, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, October 2002.

Publications: "Tapas-style instruction: Small bytes for speech/debate campers." in K. Calkins & C. Kvenild (Eds.), The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook. Chicago, IL: Association of College & Research Libraries, 2014.

"Creating a mentoring community in an undergraduate library," with Anna Hulseberg and Jeff Jenson in Librarians as Mentors in Librarianship for Adults and Students. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012: 3-12.

"If they build it, they will come: A student-designed library." College & Research Libraries News, 70.1 (January 2009): 21-24.

"Undergraduate Students’ Source Selection Criteria: A Qualitative Study," Journal of Academic Librarianship, 31.6 (November 2005): 567-573. [This article was one of seven articles highlighted in the Spring 2007 issue of Public Services Quarterly in the "Best of the Literature" column.]

"Toss the Bag of Tricks: Fostering Motivation in Library Instruction." In Reflective Teaching: A Bridge to Learning: Papers and Session Materials Presented at the Thirty-First National LOEX Library Instruction Conference, ed. Deb Biggs Thomas. Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian Press, 2004: 51-55.

"Back to School," Info Career Trends 5.3 (May 2004).

"Making Collaborative Marketing Plans," Marketing Library Services 17.2 (March/April 2004): 1-3.

Grants: “Understanding Threshold Concepts in Undergraduate Research and Inquiry,” Mansergh-Stuessy Fund of the St Paul Foundation, awarded December 2013. (Co-authored with Barbara Fister)

“Exploratory Study of the Research Behaviors of Sophomore Students” (with A. Hulseberg).  Research, Scholarship, and Creativity (RSC) grant, 2012-2013, $2,150.

“Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Award” (provided 25 books, 3 films, and an online database), National Endowment for the Humanities; awarded January 2013.

Digitization of Early 20th Century Swedish-American Sound Recordings, Swedish Council of America; awarded May 2012. (Co-authored with Jeff Jenson)

Digital Conversion Services for Pre-1920 College Newspapers, Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants; awarded April 2012. (Co-authored with Jeff Jenson and Adrianna Darden)

“Read Japan Book Donation Program” (provided 100 books), Nippon Foundation; awarded October 2011.

“ISSR Library Award” (provided 224 books), International Society for Science and Religion; awarded August 2011.

Digitization grant to purchase CONTENTdm software and a new server to host the College's historical materials; awarded May 2011. (Co-authored with Jeff Jenson)

Collections storage/rehousing grant to purchase and install archival-quality stationary shelving systems in the College Archives; awarded October 2010. (Co-authored with Jeff Jenson and Adrianna Darden)

Bush Teaching and Learning Grant to support a study of the research process of students, particularly research in an online environment; awarded October 2005.

Bush Teaching and Learning Grant to support improvement of student learning and enhance the library instruction program; awarded April 2002.

"Women, libraries, and literacy during the Progressive Period," research funded by the college's Research, Scholarship, and Creativity (RSC) Fund, 2001.

Courses: FTS100: Persuasion, Fall 2012
Library as Place, January 2008
Vocation and Information Professions, January 2006
Service:

Member, Program Assessment and Development Committee, 2013-2014
Liberal Arts Search Representative on tenure-track search in Psychological Sciences, 2013-2014
Co-Chair, Academic Operations Committee, 2012-present
Advisor, Quiz Bowl Team, 2013-present
Chair, ACRL Instruction Section Continuing Education for Mentors Task Force, 2009-2010
Member, ACRL Instruction Section Professional Education Committee, 2006-2009
International and Domestic Programs Committee, 2005-2009
Member, St. Peter Human Rights Commission, 2005-2012
Member, ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Committee, 2005-2008
Campus Judicial Board, 2005-2006, 2008-present
Mentor, Minnesota Library Association Mentorship Program, 2004-2005
General Education Area (Lifelong Fitness) Committee, 2004-2005
Secretary, Minnesota Library Association, 2003 and 2004
Secretary/Treasurer, Phi Beta Kappa (Gustavus chapter), 2002-2005
Faculty Advisor, MacArthur Scholars Fellowship Program, 2002-present
Member, Course Approval Subcommittee, 2002-2004 and 2007-2008
Chair, Faculty Committee on Student Life, 2002-2005
Web Policy Working Group, subcommittee of the Web Advisory Committee, 2002
Chair, BI and Promotion Task Force, subcommittee of the Aleph Implementation Advisory Group, 2002-2003
Reference User Group representative, Aleph Implementation Advisory Group, 2001-2003
Women's Studies Curriculum Committee, 2000

Professional Development "Student as Scholar," Bush Summer Teaching and Learning Workshop, 2007
Leadership Institute, Minnesota Library Association, 2007
"Gustavus as a Mentoring Community," Center for Vocational Reflection, 2005
Immersion Program, Association of College and Research Libraries, 2002
Honors and Awards: Phi Beta Kappa