Listed below are the professional staff of Lindenwood Library.
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Dean of Library Services
Director, Access Services
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism – Public Relations Writing and English Literature from Northern Illinois University in 2005. In 2009, I received my Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri. I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve at the Library since 2007, where I currently serve as Access Services Director . As an avid reader, some of my proudest accomplishments have been creating the Lindenwood Faculty Reads Series, establishing the popular reading collection at Lindenwood Library, and curating the Readers’ Advisory Lib Guide.
When I’m not reading, I enjoy running, listening to music, and spending time with my husband, Luke, an Assistant Volleyball Coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and our children, Ellen Mae (also a bookworm) and Atticus (a tinkerer).
Chris Smentkowski has enjoyed working in academic libraries for 20+ years. He has bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Marshall University and an unfinished PhD in Philosophy with a focus on ethics and animal rights from Saint Louis University. Additionally, he is a curator, artist, and musician working and living in Saint Louis, MO. He has exhibited his visual artworks nationally and conducted lectures on contemporary Polish art in both the U.S. and Poland. Since 2014 he has served as the Director of Arts for the non-profit Polish heritage organization Saint Louis Polonia and is the founding member of the group Brain Transplant.
I am from South Texas, first generation Mexican-American and bilingual. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, both from Lindenwood University. I have little experience working at the library but I have a lifetime experience using their resources. I am passionate about film and I believe in fitness!
I started working at the Lindenwood Library as a student worker in 2014. I graduated from Lindenwood University in May 2017 with a BA in English-Literature and a 9-12 Education certification. I am now a Library Clerk and working on my Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign iSchool. I am thrilled to start my library career with the librarians at Lindenwood who have supported and mentored me since I was an undergraduate.
Outside of the library, I am an enthusiastic reader who enjoys historical fiction, memoirs, and young adult fiction.
I have been working in libraries for over 6 years and have loved every position I have held, both in public and academic libraries. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fontbonne University and I am currently going for my Master's in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. When I was at Fontbonne, I was in the library almost daily working on research or just passing time between classes and received great help and instruction from the librarians at Fontbonne. When I decided to follow my passion and pursue my love of libraries and information, I instantly knew I wanted to help students the same way I was helped when I was an undergrad.
Outside of work, I enjoy reading science fiction/fantasy, horror, and psychological novels. I am also one of those crazy dog lovers and have two beautiful dogs, Ozymandias (Siberian Husky) and Eleanor (Husky/Australian Shepherd/other mix).
Purchasing/Serials Library Assistant
I am a reference librarian and I love to help people, so my door is always open. Drop by to chat or ask a question.
I have a BA in Geography and a BA in History from the University of Missouri Columbia and I have my MLS from Indiana University in Bloomington. I worked for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the University of Missouri Columbia, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. I feel that each place has helped me have better understanding of how to help others and I hope to use the skills I learned here at Lindenwood.
As for hobbies, I always enjoy a good book, but I also love to travel. I have a list a mile long of places that I would like to visit, so if you have recommendations send them my way.
Associate Director, Reference Services
My name is Candance Virgil and I have enjoyed working in the field of library science for 26+ years. My background includes corporate, public and academic librarianship.
As Director of Reference I enjoy helping guide students, faculty and staff as they use the rich resources available in Lindenwood Library. I teach bibliographic instruction sessions and also a course in Microcomputer Applications .
My BS is from Washington University, my MLS is from the University of Missouri in Columbia, and my EdD is from Lindenwood University.
My hobbies include leading a book club with young adult (women) at my congregation, mentoring young women, tax preparation, cake decorating, and sewing.
I love my family and I thank God every day for a job that empowers me to serve the library community.
Reference Librarian/Media Librarian
Michael Dorlac, media and reference librarian at Lindenwood's Lindenwood Library. I was born and raised in St. Louis, but lived in Colorado for two years. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Language from Webster University, and my Master of Library Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
My favorite books are Perfume, Sun and Steel, The Collected Short Stories of Franz Kafka, and the King James Bible. Also, I have had some of my own writings and poetry published, including a piece in the 2009 Volume. 2 of Untamed Ink and two self published works, A Respiration of Hearses and Brunette Bones and Black Licorice.
On a less serious note, my uncle, a psychic entertainer, was on the Gerlado Rivera show, where he stopped Mr. Rivera's watch and then channeled the voice of Elvis.
Reference Librarian/Head of Technical Services
Born in St. Louis and have lived here all my life. Attained a degree in Chemistry/Life Sciences from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia. I have worked at Lindenwood since May of 2000 and prior to that I worked at Monsanto as a research scientist and an information specialist.
Paul Huffman has been the University Archivist at Lindenwood since 2007. He has degrees from Lindenwood University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to working at Lindenwood, Paul interned at the Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis branch of the Missouri State Archives.
I am the digital librarian at Lindenwood Library, having been hired in the summer of 2012. I am not a complete stranger to Lindenwood, having served as an assistant professor of English for five years, before deciding to change careers in the fall of 2011. I have earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, with honors from the Pierre LaClede Honors College. I also earned an M.A. in Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the same university. In the winter of 2012, I began working on an M.S. in Library and Information Science at Drexel University’s iSchool.
I have been a long-time resident of the St. Charles area, but have traveled the U.S. extensively, having visited all fifty states. Growing up with a passion for travel, I hope to some day visit all seven continents, as well as the major sites of my favorite author’s life, J.R.R. Tolkien. And yes, my favorite work is Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, by far one of the greatest works of the twentieth century.
My own interested are varied and wide ranging, and include writing in several genres (poetry, creative non-fiction, epic fantasy, among others), reading, traveling, amateur astronomy, spirituality and philosophy, nature photography, gaming, woodworking, and far too many others to list. I hope to someday master a bow, and to build a log cabin by hand.
I have a deep passion for helping students on their search for knowledge, and hope that my efforts at Lindenwood Library can help make that process easier. Beyond managing the Lindenwood Library website, I also research new and emerging databases and digital resources, as well as ways to improve our online and physical services.