Welcome Kelle Rose!

Please join us in welcoming Kelle Rose to the William H. Hannon Library! Kelle is our new temporary Reference & Instruction Librarian for Theology.

Kelle went to undergrad at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She has a master’s degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University with a macro-social work concentration that emphasized community organizing, community development, social policy advocacy, and international social work. She has worked for faith-based nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles and Seattle in community development and social policy positions. Kelle received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 2017.

In order to get to know Kelle a little better, we asked her a few questions about coming to LMU:

How do you think your prior experience has prepared you for your new role at the William H. Hannon Library?

When this position for a temporary Librarian for Theology at LMU opened, it felt like a great fit for a variety of reasons: my background as a Religion major along with both personal and professional experience in a variety of spiritual and faith-based settings, my appreciation for and experience with the Jesuits through JVC and SLU, the opportunity as a new academic librarian to learn from the amazing librarians at LMU, and a chance to return to L.A. to reconnect with friends and soak up some vitamin D before returning to Seattle. 🙂

I feel there’s a strong connection between my previous work in community-based social work and my current work in librarianship, and it’s also something that links the work to Jesuit values: social justice. I entered librarianship with a desire to increase access to information, which is fundamental to empowering individuals to achieve their personal and professional aspirations, building the power of communities to make the changes they desire, and strengthening large-scale social movements. People outside of libraries typically don’t think of librarians as being on the front lines of social justice movements, but we are here providing access to important resources, educating on how to use those resources effectively, and striving to make institutions and information more open and accessible for everyone.

What expectations, hopes, and/or goals do you have for this year as the Reference & Instruction Librarian for Theology?

I’m so fortunate to be working with the distinguished LMU librarians. I hope everyone knows what a fantastic resource they have here through these talented librarians! As a new librarian, my goal is to learn as much as possible from them while also contributing to the exceptional learning environment for students and supporting faculty research. I’m excited to get to know the faculty, staff, and students in my three primary subject areas: Theological Studies, Philosophy, and Yoga Studies. I’m also looking forward to engaging in broader campus activities, too, like the upcoming Yoga Day, Faculty Pub Nights (sponsored by the library but open to anyone), performances, and all the different speaker series across campus. Being from Kansas, I’m a big college basketball fan and also look forward to cheering on the Lions–unless they somehow end up facing my Jayhawks. 😉

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

Over the summer I tried to work my way through as much Octavia Butler as I could, though I still have a bit more to go. In the past, sci-fi hasn’t been a go-to genre for me, but her work is so much more than that. Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents are eerily prescient, too…

We are delighted that Kelle has joined our staff at the William H. Hannon Library. Kelle is part of the Reference & Instruction department. You can contact her at kelle.rose@lmu.edu.

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