Director, Physical Sciences & Engineering

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Carissa TomlinsonCarissa is the Physical Sciences & Engineering Director. In addition to leading the Physical Sciences & Engineering department, Carissa is also the Libraries' lead for the Learning Support Network  and co-lead for the Toaster Innovation Hub. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, she worked for 11 years at Towson University in a variety of roles related to technology, health sciences, student engagement, and mangement. 


MLIS, Dominican University
BA in Women's Studies, University of Minnesota

Selected Presentations & Publications

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 (pp. TBD) Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries. 

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 pandemic. College & 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 review. Medical Care Research and Review.

Arnold-Garza, S. & Tomlinson, C. (Eds.) (2017). Students lead the library: The importance of student contributions to the academic library. Chicago, 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. (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.