About Karen

Prior to her arrival at St. Olaf, Karen worked for Gaylord Music Library at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from Valparaiso University and a Master of Music (Composition) from Western Michigan University. She completed a PhD in historical musicology at Washington University in St. Louis, where her dissertation focused on 20th century British environmental politics and the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Her Master of Library and Information Science comes from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She plays the organ and other keyboard instruments.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Critical information literacy
  • Pedagogy and assessment
  • DEIA initiatives
  • Ecocriticism in the arts
  • 19th century American sheet music

Liaison to

  • Art & Art History
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Theater


  • MLIS, University of Missouri-Columbia (2021)
  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis (2017)
  • MM, Western Michigan University (2005)
  • BM, Valparaiso University (2003)

Need Help Licensing or Borrowing Scores from the Ensemble Library?

Consult the Ensemble Librarian, Jonathan Kopplin.

Looking for a Concert Recording from the Past?

Consult FRAM, the catalog for St. Olaf College Archives.