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About David Lesniaski

I came to St. Catherine University in 2004 from St. Olaf College where, as a member of the library faculty, I served in several different positions, including Co-College Librarian, Collection Development Librarian, and Catalog Librarian during my 15-year career there. I also had a Fulbright grant to travel to Greece in 1995 to help with the development of a research-level music library in Athens. Before I arrived at St. Olaf I had several short-term positions in many different libraries, including the University of Minnesota (where I cataloged Polish and Ukrainian archival material), the Minnesota Senate Index, and Minneapolis Public Library. I still live something of a dual professional life as, first, an associate professor in St. Catherine University's graduate program in Library/Information Science, and, second, as a composer and musician. In librarianship, my primary interests include cataloging / organization of information, especially user-friendly cataloging and ethical issues in the organization of information; music librarianship, collection development and collection evaluation, and collegial leadership (especially in academic libraries). Related interests include copyright, intellectual property, and the open source movement, especially as they apply to music and the creative arts, and international librarianship. I also have a strong interest in advocating for academic freedom and intellectual freedom.

Positions

2008 - Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Information Management / Library and Information Science Department
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2004 - 2008 Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University
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2000 - 2004 Faculty Member, St. Olaf College
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1988 - 2004 Assistant Professor, Librarian, St. Olaf College
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1995 - 1995 Fulbright Scholar and Consultant, Friends of Music Library Lilian Voudouri
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1986 - 1988 Graduate Teaching Assistant in School of Music, University of Arizona
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1983 - 1985 Librarian/Cataloger, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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Curriculum Vitae



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Honors and Awards

  • Institute for Library and Museum Services / Laura Bush 21 st Century Librarian Program: Principal Investigator and chief author for nationally competitive grant.
  • LIS program awarded $350,000 curriculum grant (2007-2010).
  • Faculty Research grant, College of St. Catherine, 2005.
  • Lilly Foundation grant, St. Olaf College, spring 2004, for creation of new course linking spirituality to academic life.
  • Faculty development grant, St. Olaf College, summer 2000, for creation of new course.
  • Fulbright research/lecture award to serve as consultant in the creation of Greece’s first research-level music library (Athens, 1995).

Education

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Master of Arts (MA), Library Science, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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Bachelor of Arts (BA), Music, Haverford College
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Master of Music (MM), Music Composition and Theory, University of Kansas
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Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Music Composition and Theory, University of Arizona
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Contact Information

David Lesniaski
Associate Professor
Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program
School of Business and Professional Studies/The Graduate College
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN 55105
651-690-8723

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Publications (7)

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