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Library Staff

Library Employees

Kristen Smith

Kristen (Kris) Smith
Library Director
Kristen is responsible for the overall operation of the Library. She's also coordinating the Library’s electronic resources, including the web site, our Research Guides, databases, periodicals, and ebooks. If you have any questions about the Library, let Kris know.
MARC 223; 563-588-7042;

Heidi Pettitt
Access Services & Special Collections Librarian; Interim Director for the Center for Dubuque History & Loras College Archive

Heidi oversees our Special Collections and Rare Book Room including digitizing selected resources. She supervises our Student Assistants who provide daily service at the Library Services Desk and keep the library open for its extended hours. She is also in charge of the library’s technology and cataloging of new library materials. Heidi is the librarian to contact for an instruction session in Special Collections, the Center for Dubuque History, or the archive.
MARC 142; 563-588-7873;


Lisa Finnegan
Acquisitions, Reserves, & Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
Lisa is the first stop for questions about our Interlibrary Loan services. She borrows materials from other libraries for our patrons and she lends materials to other libraries when their patrons request our materials. If you have any questions about ILL, Lisa is your person!
MARC 233; 563-588-4969;

Elizabeth (Liz) Busch
Budget Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Liz assists the Library Director with a multitude of tasks including billing for lost materials, taking and keeping track of minutes for meetings, helping to compile statistics for external reporting requirements, handling correspondence, reserving rooms in the library, and updating borrower records. She also tracks the library's expenditures and maintains the Library's PCard and its reporting functions.
MARC 235; 563-588-7009;