Kate McManus, she/her/hers User Experience and Virtual Reference Coordinator

Kate, in a bright red cardigan, leaning over a book with a magnifying glass.
Email
cmcmanus@umn.edu
Phone
612-625-6287
ORCID iD
ORCID logo 0000-0002-6108-6157
Position title
User Experience and Virtual Reference Coordinator
Libraries department
Student Experience, Learning and Outreach

About

I’m the user experience coordinator of the St. Paul Campus Libraries. Along with coordinating information and virtual services, I support Student Experience, Learning, and Outreach (SELO) and provide information & access services in Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Science, as well as virtually. I co-manage both LibAnswers and LibGuides. Ask me about either of these platforms! 


I serve on several committees, including 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. 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