Summer 2020, like winter and spring 2020, is unlike any we've seen. The Mundt Library has pivoted to a completly online service model. Our staff has been working remotely since March, and we have adjusted to that situation quite well. Each library staffer remains available via email, and our databases and ebooks continue to have seamless access for the DSU Community.
For those needed physical items from the Mundt Library, we continue to make those accomodations happen. Remember that the easiest way to contact the Library for assistance is via firstname.lastname@example.org
Please stay tuned for further developments for continued service and eventual reopen.
My family consists of my husband Glen and our three adult children. Glen retired from Lutheran ministry in 2016 and since then has filled his time managing our home and dog Panda, and playing accordion in the Irish Band "Contae Loch."
Our oldest son Joel is a registered nurse living and working in St. Paul, second son Daniel is an all-purpose outdoorsman in Telluride, Colorado, and daughter Hannah works as a children's theatre education program coordinator in Austin, Texas. My 96 year old mother lives at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison.During the pandemic, we have stayed close to home, with weekly jaunts to one of South Dakota's wonderful state parks. I've become more proficient at bread baking and also Zoom meetings. And hand-washing!
My philosophy of libraries is that they exist for everyone, even for the people who may not use them, or who may not consider their existence that important.
An academic library has particular importance: it is truly the heart of the university. The library welcomes all learners, whether they are students, faculty, staff, or community members. We exist to provide access to knowledge and learning, and we provide spaces for people to think, work quietly, work in collaboration, or interact with friends. We do not give grades to students, we do not judge the things you like to read. We do not judge your reference questions, but rather hope to help you clarify your own thinking through examining the information we may help you find. We love big questions! We love details.
As we start a new year at DSU, I am energized by the physical changes on campus, but more energized by the return of students---our purpose and our future. Cheers!
The Karl Mundt Library was dedicated by President Richard Nixon during the summer of 1969. The year-long celebration of the dedication was held during the 2019-2020 academic year. The kick-off event was a 50th Birthday party held during Homecoming 2019.
Karl E. Mundt Library, Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota 57042