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2017 ARLD Board Candidates
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Chair Elect (three-year term)

Phil Dudas
Information Services Manager
University of Minnesota

As Information Services Manager, my responsibilities primarily include managing staff within the Access and Information Services department at Wilson Library.  User experience, reference, outreach, and assessment are specific areas of public service that I am passionate about, and my work involves virtual reference services, pop-up libraries, space planning, web usability testing, and History Day programming.  I completed my undergraduate coursework at the University of Minnesota and my MLIS through Dominican University.  I was a member of the MILE class of 2011 and have served MLA as Chair of the Nominating Committee and Co-Chair of Local Arrangements on the Conference Planning Committee.

While I can’t say that from an early age I wanted to be a librarian, I can say with confidence that I always wanted a career in education.  I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of academic libraries over the last twelve years, either at the student or professional level, and have seen the transformative power of academic libraries firsthand.  For 8 years I was the campus librarian of a small career college, and professional development opportunities were few and far between.  It was during this time that I realized just how essential organizations like ARLD and MLA were to building connections within the library community and cultivating development opportunities for library employees of all levels.  It is for this reason that I am interested in a leadership role on the ARLD Board.  I will continue to be an advocate for academic libraries regardless of the outcome of this election, but I do thank you for your consideration.

Martin Patrick
Electronic Resources and Media Cataloger
St. Olaf College

As the lead cataloger for electronic resources and media, and chair of both the Cataloging Working Group and the Electronic Resource Team for St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges, it’s my job to ensure that our team at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges are national leaders in these two different domains. My approach to running transparent and effective meetings has already received warm feedback.

Previously, I was Academic Resident Librarian in Technical Services at Miami University (the one in Ohio that was a college when Florida was still owned by Spain), where I specialized in electronic resources management, programming, and served as Assistant to the Dean. In that latter role, I advanced the Miami University Libraries fundraising efforts by coordinating phon-a-thon scripts and ghostwriting the Dean’s annual letter, as well as undertaking an environmental scan and reporting on how best to re-organize the structure of the Libraries. I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to learn about effective (and ineffective) library administration and continue to enjoy explore opportunities for working with teams to improve the work that we do.

In my past life, I’ve served in multiple leadership roles: two roles in a fraternity during which I digested Robert’s Rules of Order, a camp counselor and team leader for 7 summers, training college students how to keep campers safe, and running a campus mail room while studying for a master’s degree full time. So far in my library career, I’ve worked in reference and circulation at a public library, copy cataloger and electronic resource management at a large state university affiliated with a huge consortial e-resources environment (OhioLINK), and now work in a shared catalog environment in the private liberal arts arena. I earned a B.A. degree from Valparaiso University, an M.A. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and, after moving home to Ohio, earned the M.L.I.S. degree from Kent State. Having fallen in love with Minnesota the first time around, I moved back and bought a house, which I share with my wife and our four adopted pets. Please feel free to peruse my CV:

I’d be honored to being serving as Chair-Elect and bring my passion for efficiency and efficacy to our work.



Communications Officer

Jonathan D. Carlson
Science Librarian
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

As the Science Librarian at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, I provide reference and research help, library instruction, and collection development for the sciences and chair the Library Web Committee.  I completed my MALIS at UW-Madison in 2012, an MS from Michigan Technological University in 2009, and a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2006.  A 2013 graduate of the MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE), I have served as co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2013 MLA Conference, co-chair of the MILE 2015 Planning Committee’s Communications Subcommittee, member of the MLA Education Task Force, and Communications Officer for ARLD. 

I’ve personally experienced the important role ARLD plays in connecting academic librarians in Minnesota through ARLD Day, Dialogues, the ARLD Poster Session at the MLA Annual Conference, and other social events.  As current ARLD Communications Officer, I worked to promote and expand these invaluable networking opportunities.  A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Tanzania) and Lutheran Volunteer Corps Alum (Minneapolis), I hope to continue my passion for service by running for reelection as ARLD Communications Officer.

Kristen Cooper
Science Librarian
University of Minnesota

I am a new member of the library profession, having graduated with my MLIS from St. Catherine University in 2015. Shortly after graduation I had the good fortune to be hired as the Plant Sciences Librarian to the departments of plant pathology, plant biology and agronomy and plant genetics at the University of Minnesota. As a science librarian, it is my job to support the research and instruction needs of my faculty and graduate students, as well as the diverse learning needs of the undergraduate student population of the U of M. This includes maintaining the collection for these areas, teaching library instruction and information literacy, and providing data management support. I have also become involved in several library committees, such as my own department's communication committee, and the larger libraries communications advisory committee. The ARLD events that I have taken part in since joining MLA have been excellent, providing opportunities to increase my professional development and make connections with other librarians. As such I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to take a larger role within the organization, especially the chance to communicate the interesting programing, learning moments, and engagement opportunities of MLA to my colleagues.

Legislative Liaison


Michael DeNotto

Instruction Services Librarian
St. Mary's University of Minnesota (Winona campus)


I have been the Instructional Services Librarian at St. Mary's University of Minnesota (Winona campus) since 2013, before that I worked as the First Year Seminar Liaison Librarian at Denison University in Ohio, and previous to that I worked at the University of Illinois Communications Library. I received my MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and I have an MA in English and Communication (along with TESOL certification) from Valparaiso University.  My favorite things about being a librarian are: working with students, being user-centered, and striving for equal and equitable access to information.  Outside of librarianship I enjoy hiking and getting outside, I like to read science fiction and graphic novels, and I enjoy watching my two part-Siamese cats go nuts.

I have very much enjoyed working and serving as the ARLD Legislative Librarian these past two years, and I would absolutely relish the opportunity to continue to work and serve with such amazing librarians on the ARLD board and throughout MLA again, as we work and fight to improve broadband accessibility, ensure funding and support for statewide projects like Ebooks Minnesota, and to generally ensure that library services (academic related and otherwise) are championed and advocated for by MLA, ARLD, and our legislators.


Denise Liu
Library Technician
Minneapolis Technical & Community College

I am the current Acquisitions technician at MCTC Library where I sit on three subcommittees: Access Services & Student Employees, Technical Services, and Collections. A recent transplant from Toronto, Canada, I spent two years as a school library technician, and three years at the Toronto Public Library (Children’s Dept). As a former member of the Ontario Association of Library Technicians (OALT/ABO) and the Ontario Library Association, I believe that a library’s services are strengthened when all members (degree/diploma/neither) work as a collective. My interests lay in diverse representation, intersectional feminism, collaborative modes of service and education. I love reading graphic novels, sci-fi, speculative fiction and craft blogs. This is the first time I have applied to serve on the ARLD Board, and look forward to new opportunities to learn and contribute. 

Kellie Meehlhause
Instruction Coordinator
University of Minnesota, Morris

I joined MLA in 2014 as a means of networking with other Minnesota librarians and staying up-to-date on library and information literacy initiatives, both locally and in conjunction with my active membership in ALA and ACRL.  I have more than five years experience working in academic and public libraries as well as eight years experience in higher education. My education includes a BA in English/Mass Communications in 2008 from Minnesota State University Moorhead, an MA in English in 2010 from Kansas State University, and an MLS in 2013 from Emporia State University.  As Instruction Coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Morris' Rodney A. Briggs Library, where I have worked since 2013, I coordinate the development and implementation of the library's information literacy program, including preparing library sessions, collaborating with faculty, and maintaining the library's online presence through LibGuides and other tutorials.  Outside of the classroom, I also provide research assistance at the reference desk and participate in university governance on the Curriculum Committee.  I recently discovered one of my biggest passions in information literacy assessment when I served as Briggs Library's team leader for the ACRL Assessment in Action program in 2014-2015, wherein I developed a longitudinal study of information literacy skill development and retention beginning Fall 2015.

I am interested in serving as Member-at-Large because I want to enhance my leadership skills and develop relationships/contacts with other librarians around the state.  Since joining MLA, I have often benefited from ARLD programming and outreach, and I would welcome the opportunity to contribute the knowledge and skills I have gained. Though I am still new to the library profession, I'm especially excited to learn about innovative pedagogical methods and create opportunities for collaborating with others.  At four separate institutions, I have served on academic committees and provided leadership to student organizations, through which I’m able to maintain an active role in enacting and revising the goals of the university and community.  Furthermore, I am up-to-date on social networking trends and use them to connect with students and promote the library.  Moreover, I want to be more involved in developing and implementing future standards for academic libraries, both locally and nationally.  Thank you for your consideration!