Christensen received a B.M. from Illinois State University, a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Music Library Association (has served as MLA Board member, Program Chair, and is currently a member of the Career Services and  Development Committee), the Music Library Association’s Midwest Chapter (has served as Chapter Chair and is currently chairing the Bylaws Committee), and the Society for American Music. Research interests include information literacy in music and early twentieth-century American music. She has published articles in American Music, Notes, Research Strategies, and Reference and User Services quarterly.