Kraushaar named dean of library and information services at Quincy University

Katie Kraushaar

Katie Kraushaar | Photo courtesy of Quincy University

QUINCY — Quincy University Provost Sarah Vordtriede-Patton recently appointed Katie Kraushaar as dean of library and information services.

Kraushaar fills the void left by Pat Tomczak, who retired as the dean after serving the QU community and Brenner Library for 35 years.

In a press release, Vodtriede-Patton said, “Katie is held in high regard by faculty, staff and students alike and is a positive, energetic community-builder. She is already shaping the future in preparing for new academic programs and has led library staff in generating an extensive list of ways to expand and strengthen engagement with library services overall.”

Kraushaar, a Warsaw native, has lived in Quincy for more than 18 years. She holds a master’s degree in library and information services from the University of Illinois, one of three American Library Association accredited institutions in Illinois.

Kraushaar began her career at the Quincy Public Library as a reference librarian and book club liaison, going on to serve as assistant manager and community engagement librarian. She joined the Quincy University community in May 2022 as information literacy and electronic resources librarian. During that first year, it was her goal to make the library more visible to the campus as a whole – reaching out to students, faculty and staff to offer support, build relationships and create a welcoming space for study and leisure.

“The opportunity to serve as dean of Brenner Library is humbling. To be entrusted with the materials and services that are the foundation of Quincy University’s academic programs is both a task and a goal,” Kraushaar said. “It is exciting, and downright terrifying, to know the impact a good experience in the library can have for each person at Quincy University. I will do my best to welcome, guide and instruct and to have fun along the way.”

Kraushaar is a member of Quincy Symphony Chorus and the Rotary Club of Quincy. She has spent many hours volunteering at Quincy Community Theatre, Muddy River Opera and other local organizations. Her prowess at trivia contests led Kraushaar to become the advisor for Quincy University’s newest club, Quiz Bowl.

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