Carissa Tomlinson, she/her/hers Director, Student Experience, Learning, & Accessibility

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Position title
Director, Student Experience, Learning, & Accessibility
Libraries department
Student Experience, Learning and Accessibility


As the Director of Student Experience, Learning, & Accessibility I focus on student success through student outreach, teaching, and the user experience. As a Director, my job is to make connections across campus and draw on the expertise of my amazing staff in order to lead and oversee the library strategy for learning and outreach to students. I work to advocate for services and resources that bolster student success while also supporting my staff in their important roles. Plus, I get to do the fun things like spin the prize wheel at orientation and march in the Homecoming parade!


MLIS, Dominican University

BA in Women's Studies, University of Minnesota

Selected presentations and publications

Tomlinson, C. & Arnold-Garza, S.(2022) Library employment practices that support student engagement. Portal: Libraries and the Academy 22(3), 571-594. 

Tomlinson, C. & Arnold-Garza, S. (2021). Student employment as student engagement: Supporting our students through student employment. Presentation at the Minnesota Library Association Conference, (Online).

Tomlinson, C., Leebaw, D., & McBurney, J. (2021). IDEA sparks: Making inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility part of our everyday work.  Presentation at the Academic and Research Library Division (ARLD) Day, (Online).

Gyendina, M., Fransen, F., Tomlinson, C., Peterson, K., Nackerud, S., & Mastel, K. (2021).  From analyzing abundant data to identifying actionable steps: A closer look at library student data. Proceedings of the 2021 Library Assessment Conference.

Holmes, C., Tomlinson, C. & Arnold-Garza, S. (2021). Cultivating & sustaining a compassionate culture of mentorship. In L.J. Rod-Welch & B.E. Weeg (Eds).  Academic Library Mentoring: Fostering Growth and Renewal V. 3 (575-585.) Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries. 

Tomlinson, C., Arnold-Garza, S. Holmes, C., & Johnson, C. (2021). Mentoring with open arms: Building holistic relationships and cultivating mentoring across the career span. Presentation at the Association of College and Research Libraries, (Online).

Leebaw, D., & Tomlinson, C. (2020). What do you get when you mix libraries and entrepreneurship? The case of an innovation hub at a large research libraryLibrary Leadership & Management 34(4), 1-15. 

Tomlinson, C. & Leebaw, D. (2020). Reflections: Middle management during the pandemicCollege & Research Libraries News 81(9), 430-433. 

Yang, B.; Johantgen, M.; Trinkoff, A.; Idzik, S.; Wince, J., & Tomlinson, C. (January 2020). State nurse practitioner practice regulations and US healthcare delivery outcomes: A systematic reviewMedical Care Research and Review

Arnold-Garza, S. & Tomlinson, C. (Eds.) (2017). Students lead the libraryThe importance of student contributions to the academic libraryChicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Tomlinson, C. & Arnold-Garza, S. (2017). The library as leadership incubator:  A case study of Towson University’s A-LIST program, In S. Arnold-Garza & C. Tomlinson (Eds). Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library (pp. 21-38). Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Tomlinson, C., & Johnson, C. (2015). Crafting the perfect blend: Student cognitive development theory and threshold concepts for student success. LOEX Quarterly, 41(4), 12-14. 

Tomlinson, C. (2014). Benefits of internal professional development for academic librarians, In S. Hines (Ed).  Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future (pp. 76-89)Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Disclafani, C.B., Tomlinson, C., MacDonald, P., & Nolan, D. (2011). Design and implementation of a new residency program at Towson University, In M. Perez & C. Gruwell, (Eds). The new graduate experience: Post-MLS residency programs and early career librarianship. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.