Position Title: Electronic Reference Services and Web Development Coordinator
Employer: Louisiana State University Libraries
Degree/Year: MLIS, 1994
"While in school, I was given an opportunity to teach in the classroom as part of an independent study. This first teaching experience was invaluable in preparing me to present and lecture to students."
After graduating from college with an English degree, Sigrid Kelsey came to UT with aspirations to be a librarian. When she completed her MLIS in 1994, her first job was as a Reference Librarian at Colorado State University and then later at Whitman College. She has been the Electronic Reference Services and Web Development Coordinator at Louisiana State University Libraries since 1998. She earned tenure in 2004, and was promoted to Full Librarian in 2008. Her job entails overseeing the web site and troubleshooting electronic resources. She is also the subject librarian for Religious Studies.
While at the iSchool, Dr. Wyllys gave her an opportunity to teach in the classroom as part of an independent study. She visited several graduate classes in the Department of Education and taught students how to conduct effective literature searches in various databases. This first teaching experience was invaluable since she built the confidence to present and lecture as a result.
Being around other professionals who are passionate about the work they do always inspires Sigrid. Sometimes the day to day work at the reference desk or in front of a computer can start to feel tedious, but meeting dynamic and excited colleagues through organizations like the ALA, CLA and LLA is motivating. Mrs. Kelsey stays active with professional service and recently became the General Editor for Catholic Library World, the quarterly journal of the Catholic Library Association. Additionally, she has published articles and edited books, which are listed here.
Sigrid has received many awards for her accomplishments including the Baton Rouge Business Report “2010 Forty Under 40,” the 2010 ACRL CLS ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship, the Louisiana Library Association Anthony H. Benoit Mid-Career Award (2010), and the ACRL-LA Scholar Librarian of the Year (2009).