My job is to help people shape the future through interactions with the past. I'm a Special Collections librarian at the University of Missouri, where I am responsible for outreach, instruction, and web development.
Connecting collections with communities is what I do, whether through exhibitions, social media, course instruction, or professional service. My research interests include Special Collections pedagogy and the history of visual storytelling and word-image interactions in manuscripts, book illustration, and comics.
Master of Science in Information Studies • December 2010
Certificate of specialization in archives and special collections
Master of Arts in Art History • December 2003
Coursework focused on medieval manuscripts, early printing, and illustration
Thesis supervisor: Dr. Anne Rudloff Stanton
Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Spanish Literature • May 2001
Magna cum laude; honors thesis in art history
Librarian II• September 2015-present
Librarian I• February 2011 - September 2015
Hansen, Kelli. “The Book as Artifact.” Using Primary Sources: Hands-On Instructional Exercises. Ed. Anne Bahde, Heather Smedberg, and Mattie Taormina. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. 8-12.
Hansen, Kelli. “Education, Training, and Recruitment of Special Collections Librarians: An Analysis of Job Advertisements.” RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage 12:2 (September 2011): 110-132.
Hansen, Kelli. “A Fifteenth-Century French Illuminated Calendar Leaf.” MVSE (2007): 45-61.
Hansen, Kelli Bruce. Entries in The Art of the Book: Manuscripts and Early Printing, 1000-1650. Ed. Joan Stack. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, 2003.
“Pop-Up Special Collections.” Pecha-kucha style presentation at the annual conference of the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Oakland, CA, June 2015.
“Measuring Social Media: Assessing Your Outreach and Impact.” Paper presented at the annual conference of the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System Consortium, Columbia, MO, June 2015.
“The Ghosts of Librarians Past: Researching Library Provenance in Special Collections.” Paper presented as one of several professional speakers at the annual University of Missouri Library and Information Science Graduate Student Association Conference, Columbia, MO, May 2015.
Discussion group facilitator. “Work Smart: Productivity Tips and Tricks for Librarians.” Missouri Library Association Conference, 9 October 2014.
“Artifacts in Social Studies: Utilizing Material Culture in Instruction.” Columbia Public Schools English Language Arts and Social Studies Faculty Professional Development Conference, 15 August 2014. Panel presentation with Arthur Mehrhoff, Jessica Boldt, Joan Stack, Nicole Johnston, Jean Parsons, and Alla Barabtarlo.
“Get Real! Teaching with Library and Museum Collections on Campus.” University of Missouri Celebration of Teaching, 21 May 2014. Panel presentation with Alla Barabtarlo, Karen Witt, Arthur Mehrhoff, Joan Stack, John Konzal, Jessica Boldt.
“K-12 Outreach and Special Collections.” Missouri Library Association Conference, 2 October 2013. Presented with Karen Witt.
“Spinning Plates and Balls in the Air: Balancing Librarianship with Home Life.” Discussion group facilitated with Karen Witt. Missouri Library Association Conference, 3 October 2013.
Hansen, Kelli (invited panelist). “Professional Development Panel Discussion.” Library and Information Science Graduate Students Association, Columbia, MO, 4 November 2011.
Assistant Web Editor, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL, July 2015-present
I am part of a team who maintains the RBMS websites. After a term as assistant web editor, I will transition to primary web editor in summer 2016.
Web Team Volunteer, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL,
October 2013-June 2014
Installed WordPress plugins, wrote PHP code for handling and presenting data, and developed web forms in the Standard Citation Forms for Rare Book Cataloging website.
Elected member, Welfare and Professional Development Committee, MU Librarians and Archivists Council, June 2014-present
Contributions: Assisted in editing a proposal for flex-time guidelines drafted by the previous committee’s membership.
Co-chair, MU Libraries Communications and Marketing Committee, February 2016-present; Member, February 2012-present
Contributions: Participated in National Library Week activities, 2012-2014; preparations for first Ellis Finals Lounge, December 2012. Developed and installed a faculty publications exhibit, May 2012.
Appointed Chair, Ellis Library Exhibits Committee, June 2011-December 2013; Member, January 2014-present
Contributions: Converted the paper exhibits application form into a web form and reorganized the committee’s web site. Built on previous policy changes and drafted a new incoming loan form and policy for Bookmark Café artwork. Recruited and managed reservations for six Bookmark Café artists and numerous Colonnade exhibitors, and coordinated installation and removal of exhibits. Worked with off-campus groups to bring exhibitions to the Libraries, including the National Holocaust Museum in St. Louis and a traveling exhibition of historic printing from UMSL’s Mercantile Library. Coordinated and installed four exhibits focusing on Ellis Library’s general collections and staff.
Member, Web Advisory Group, Content Team, February 2011-present.
Contributions: Participated in transition to LibAnswers knowledgebase system, summer 2013. Rewrote web page content in preparation for the Libraries redesign, summer 2013. Revised web pages as part of the Web Content Group, June 2011. Reviewed 80 web pages as part of the Web Content Group, February – May, 2011. Assisted the Usability Group with usability testing of the Libraries’ Journal/Article Finder page as a preliminary test subject, March 21, 2011.
Appointed member, Renew Mizzou Task Force, August 2013-May 2014
Charge: The Renew Mizzou Task Force was assembled to coordinate efforts among library departments in adjusting to the relocation of administrative offices from Jesse Hall to Ellis Library.
Ex-officio, Ellis Library Events Team, December 2011-December 2013.
Charge: Ellis Library Events Team is comprised of members from administration, security, library technology services, and the Exhibits and Faculty Lecture Series Committees. It meets monthly to coordinate exhibits and events.
I curated this exhibition in collaboration with two undergraduate interns. Superhero Science drew on the Comic Art Collection and was curated in conjunction with a campus symposium on science communication. This exhibition considers the use of science in four themes in superhero comics: Evolution, Genetic Modifications, Technology, and Anatomy. Each section challenged the viewer to identify the ways that comics and superheroes have contributed to his or her understanding of science and the natural world.
I also did the graphic design and marketing for this exhibition, and I co-organized campus and community outreach programming.Exhibits, Research, Outreach, Design
What do Albrecht Durer, Thomas Rowlandson, Frans Masereel, and Art Spiegelman have in common? They all published works of sequential art. I curated this exhibition to tie together selections from the Rare Book Collection and the Comic Art Collection. Rather than presenting an evolutionary history of visual storytelling, these selections situated woodcuts, engravings, comic strips, and graphic novels in a long tradition of word- and image-making and drew parallels among diverse genres.
This exhibition includes around 60 items and is currently accepting bookings for national tour by Exhibits USA, with support from the Mid-Amerca Arts Alliance.Exhibits, Research
I curated this exhibit on the history of nutrition in conjunction with a campus symposium on food and science. Topics covered included early medicine and concepts of healthy diet, domestic science, and food chemistry.Exhibits, Research
I started doing pop-up exhibits in the library's information commons during the 2013 fall semester. I often choose a theme related to popular culture, and I try to do at least one exhibit per month. Six Books that Look Like They Belong at Hogwarts premiered in April 2014 and has been the most successful to date, so I turned it into a blog post series on the Special Collections Tumblr.Exhibits, Social Media, Innovation
As the social media coordinator for Special Collections, I write posts, create digital images, coordinate publishing, and develop and implement content marketing strategies. My innovations in this area include:
When I started working at MU Libraries in 2011, the Special Collections website was outdated and chaotic — and I can say that, because I designed that version of the website in 2004, during a previous stint as a para-professional staff member. The overall Libraries site was due for a redesign in 2013, so I planned to refresh the Special Collections site at the same time.
I did card sorts with Special Collections users and students to inform the navigation design, reorganized existing content, and designed and developed the new front end. The current website content is managed in WordPress, and I developed the front end by CSS coding and creating graphics in Photoshop.Graphic Design, CSS, Usability
Michael Holland curated Controlling Heredity: The American Eugenics Crusade in conjunction with a symposium on ethics and the life sciences. After the in-person exhibition came down, I constructed the web exhibit in HTML and CSS using graphic design elements by Anselm Huelsbergen.HTNL, CSS, Usability
I curated Food Revolutions: Science and Nutrition, 1700-1920 (as mentioned above), and later had the opportunity to develop it into a web exhibit in HTML and CSS. I used graphic design elements by Amy Jones.HTML, CSS, Usability
I was interested in creating introductory videos for Special Collections in order to experiment with flipped classroom structures for certain courses. I approached distance learning librarian Navadeep Khanal for help with this idea and found an enthusiastic and expert supporter. Nav did most of the work here - he greatly improved my script, coached me on my narration, and oversaw the production, filming, and editing. I simply performed my part and recruited my colleagues to star in the reading room segments. We created two video segments, an overall introduction to Special Collections and a video on handling guidelines.Writing, Narration
Many faculty members and graduate students on campus were not aware of the teaching resources available in Special Collections, or were not sure how to use them in their teaching. I developed this workshop to orient instructors to Special Collections and introduce strategies for using materials in teaching.
Presentations on books illustrating the history of typography, artists’ books, and fine press imprints, for undergraduate classes on letterpress and graphic design.
Introductions to primary sources and work with the World War I and World War II Poster Collections, editorial cartoons, and comics, for a large introductory-level survey course.
Introduction to ancient texts and writing systems in Special Collections and presentations on medieval manuscripts, early printing, authors and artists for the university’s four-semester great books course.
Orientation to the Special Collections department and introduction to concepts in primary source research for students in a large introductory library course.
Presentation on the history of young adult literature for a course on teaching secondary English.
Presentations included manuscripts and incunabula as resources for costume research, introduction to research in Special Collections and a selection of sources on the French Revolution and the dress of Marie Antoinette.
Introduction to the Libraries, MERLIN catalog search strategies, primary sources, and resources in Special Collections for a graduate research methods course.Teaching
Coordinated reading room visit for 50 fifth-grade students and developed a presentation and activities on scientific illustration and documentation, using herbals and botanical works from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century (adapted from Smithsonian Education materials).
Introduction to what a Special Collections department is and what the collections contain at the University of Missouri.
Presentations on the history of writing, books, and printing for high school sophomores enrolled in a three-week gifted program in residency on the University of Missouri campus.
Presentation on the history of the book for workshop on bookmaking and printing led by Anne Thompson, a professor in the art department.
Coordinated a reading room visit for over 150 sixth graders with teacher Lena Sheets. Developed and presented a program on the history of books and writing, along with other staff.
Presented on the history of books and printing.
Selection of materials and presentation on the history of handwriting from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century.Teaching
I often create LibGuides for classes that use Special Collections resources, but I have also created a a few meant to be used by instructors. Resources for Instructors in Special Collections complements the information presented in our yearly teaching workshop, and National History Day Resources in Special Collections is meant to be used by middle- and high-school educators. is a multi-purpose guide for students in several classes that use the collection.Teaching
I identified broadsides and other one-page publications in the collections and took them to the Digital Services department to be scanned. Students worked with the original materials and digital surrogates to create transcriptions that we could then add to our Digital Library. They learned about the history of printing, how to handle rare materials, and strategies for transcription.Teaching
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