About Me

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to Circulating Knowledge! I hope you enjoyed the image I had oh-so-much-fun creating as a reflection of my last few years here on our beautiful planet. I’d call myself a learner, advocate, educator, leader, thinker, hard-worker, collaborator, connector, mentee, mentor, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, maker, artist, reader, friend, activist, and circulator-of-knowledge, aka librarian.

I have created this site to share ideas and highlight the exciting, memorable, unexpected, or noteworthy happenings within my community or those I admire (or wish existed). In addition, I love hearing from and connecting with new minds, please don’t hesitate to send me a message at katelyn at circulatingknowledge dot com.

Educational and Experiential Qualifications

  • 2014-2016 – School Librarian / Library Media Specialist, Fairmont Elementary, Fairmont, MN
    • Taught students on a variety of information topics including research, citing sources, finding appropriate materials, and good citizenship
    • Provided library instruction, reader’s advisory, reference services, circulation services via Alexandria, and extracurricular student opportunities
    • Administered the budget to provide students and staff with a balanced collection
    • Edited and ran meetings for The Fledgling, our monthly elementary school newspaper written by 3rd-5th grade students
    • Facilitated book clubs and Literacy & Legos, a learning opportunity using the Lego StoryStarter Curriculum Packs
    • Led learning opportunities for colleagues on a variety of desired topics
    • Worked and learned with over 900 students and 100 staff on a weekly basis
  • 2014-2016 – Star of the North Award, Minnesota Youth Reading Association
    • Participated in determining the 10 nominees for the 2016 and 2017 Star of the North Award with fellow committee members
    • Read to select books to nominate for the 2016 and 2017 awards
  • 2014 – Masters of Library and Information Studies
    • Completed through the University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Library and Information Studies
    • Advised and mentored by Rebekah Willett, Assistant Professor, rwillett@wisc.edu
    • Received the Dianne McAfee Hopkins Diversity Award
      • “Katelyn continues to influence the lives of the students she teaches and serves, and she has garnered the respect and admiration of tribal culture keepers across the state.” – Aaron Bird Bear
  • 2014 – MN licensure 448885
    • K-12 Library Media Specialist
  • 2014 – Masters of Education
    • Completed through the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • 2013 – 2014 – TLAM Project, University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Library and Information Studies
    • Organized and facilitated monthly events as the Student Group Chair of the Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums Project
    • Presented at the 2014 WIEA Conference on an Act 31 Tiered Purchasing Plan for public and school libraries
    • Assisted in surveying, planning, and implementing the first Great Lakes Convening Culture Keepers Institute
    • Co-led workshops for public librarians and pre-service teachers on how to evaluate Native American children’s literature
    • Planned and facilitated the summer reading program through a practicum at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
  • 2013-2014 – CCBC Reference Assistant
    • Assisted the full-time Cooperative Children’s Book Center librarians in projects and reference services for educators and librarians
    • Participated on the Read On Wisconsin Intermediate Level Committee
    • Assisted in creating the indices for 2014 CCBC Choices
  • 2013-2014 – MERIT Library Project Assistant, University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Education
    • Instructed undergraduates on Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, SMART Notebook, and digital storytelling
    • Created book displays
    • Co-facilitated the PreK-12 weeding project
    • Provided reference services
  • 2013-2014 – Act 31 Coalition, University of Wisconsin – Madison
    • Collaborated with staff from the School of Education, Department of Public Instruction, and Wisconsin Public Television on the development and implementation of the new Act 31 Website
  • 2013-2014 – Allied Drive, University of Wisconsin – Madison
    • Brought books and read with students in after-school program
  • 2013 – Library Media Specialist Practicum
    • Worked in partnership with Kelli Ballwahn at O’Keeffe Middle School in Madison, WI
    • Provided library instruction, reader’s advisory, reference services, circulation services via Destiny, and a balanced collection for students and colleagues
  • 2010-2012 – Peace Corps Volunteer
    • Team taught English as a foreign language (EFL) at a 1-12 public school in Sliven, Bulgaria
    • Planned and provided extracurricular classes including spelling practice, English games, and a video club
    • Facilitated teacher training sessions for primary EFL teacher to create engaging English classrooms through enrichment materials
    • Presented pedagogical sessions at three in-service trainings
    • Created lesson plans and resources about Bulgaria for American educators
    • Blogged to promote cross-cultural understanding
  • 2009 – MN licensure 448885
    • K-6 Elementary Education
    • 5-8 Social Studies
  • 2008 – B.S. Elementary Education
    • Graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, College of Education and Human Development
  • 2004 – High School Diploma
    • Graduated from Byron High School in Byron, Minnesota