By Annette Brill Bergstresser
Kajsa Herrstrom, MDiv, MSLIS, of Champaign, Illinois, began Aug. 22, 2022, as full-time Resource Access Librarian for Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana. She had been serving as Interim Librarian since May 2022.
In her new role, Herrstrom will serve participants in the seminary’s graduate-level and Lifelong Learning programs, connecting students and faculty members with a diverse range of library resources for research and study. She will purchase print and electronic library materials, manage resource sharing with partner libraries, and provide instructional design services, among other responsibilities.
Herrstrom graduated from AMBS in April 2022 with a Master of Divinity with a major in Christian Faith Formation. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literature in 2002 and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
While studying at AMBS, Herrstrom served in the AMBS Library as a student employee and also worked on the seminary’s custodial and summer crews (2018–2022). She also brings experience from having held various office support roles at the University of Illinois (2015–17) and from having worked in the Conservation Unit of the University of Illinois Library (2005–07) and at Champaign Public Library (2003–08).
“Kajsa’s graduate work in both library science and theology — with a specialty in faith formation — and her experience in customer service and library settings enable her to facilitate the AMBS Library’s role in forming leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world,” said Karl Stutzman, MLS, Director of Library Services. “I look forward to the ways in which she will improve the library’s services through her gifts for careful, detailed work as well as her creativity and artistry.”
Herrstrom’s home congregation is First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, a congregation of both Central District Conference and Illinois Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Locally, she attends Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, a congregation of Central District Conference.
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