User Experience and Virtual Reference Coordinator

60 Magrath Library
612-625-6287
cmcmanus@umn.edu

She/her/hers

I’m the user experience coordinator of the St. Paul Campus Libraries. Along with coordinating information and virtual services, I support R&L operations and provide information & access services in Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Science. I co-manage LibAnswers and am a co-admin for LibGuides. Ask me about either of these platforms! 


I serve on several committees, including the the co-chairing the Frontline Reference Coordinators, TRUST Team, and Teaching & Learning Assessment among others. Previous to this role, I was a cataloging and metadata librarian in DMA, managing the Deduplication of the University libraries from 2017 to 2019. But I got my start as a TACE in the Performing Arts Archives! I earned my MLIS from St. Catherine University with a focus in archival studies, and am an active member of the Twin Cities Archives Round Table. I also serve on the MLA's archival task force. In my free time, I am the researcher for the podcast ‘We Got This’, study fandom and fan engagement, travel near and far, and tap dance in my black and white tap shoes.

Education

MLIS, St. Catherine University

Selected Presentations & Publications

“A Hugo of Our Own: A Community Archives Wins Prestigious Literary Award” from Archival Outlook, January 2020.

"Through the Trapdoor: Metadata & Disambiguation in Fanfiction"​ Webinar, 9 March 2017.

“Loading the Canon” from A wizard of their age. SUNY Press, January 2015

Catalog for the Hogwarts Library: http://hogwartslibrary.omeka.net/

Kate McManus, looking at a rare book