Kate Wimer

Kate Wimer, MLIS

Research & Instruction Librarian

Newberg Campus

(503) 554-2413

kwimer@georgefox.edu

I’m new to George Fox and to Oregon in 2020, coming most recently from the beautiful (and hot!) Texas hill country. I had a peripatetic childhood that has instilled in me the importance of community connection, and that taught me to be creative and flexible. I’m excited to be on this new adventure with such a vibrant community!

What do you do at Fox?

I am a research and instruction librarian, which means a large part of my job is supporting the questions and scholarship of students and faculty in my assigned liaison departments – specifically, the Portland Seminary, Art & Design, Politics, World Languages and Applied Linguistics, Undergraduate Psychology, and Elementary Education. I teach, order materials, and offer one-on-one consultations.

Education & Experience

MLIS, Library and Information Science, University of Denver
BA, History, Harding University

My previous experience includes time as a public reference and programming librarian as well as three years with the innovative Research Center at the University of Denver Libraries. Other work experience includes two summers as a counselor to 8-year-olds at sleepaway camp, many varied  productions as a costume seamstress and stagehand, and service as a design lead for church websites.

Expertise & Research Interests

I’m fascinated by the crossover between instructional design and usability approaches, and am currently thinking about ways that website design can support the development of critical thinking skills in unmediated virtual spaces. I also enjoy discussing the role of vocation and calling for Christians in service professions.

What is something you'd like to do in the future?

Professionally, I’d really like to lean into instructional design research. Personally, I am determined to hike as much of Oregon as physically possible.

Beyond the Library

I’m a daughter of a blended Catholic/Protestant family, and an advocate for neurodiversity and mental health awareness. If I’m not in my office at Murdock, I’m likely at the Portland Center Library, but I might also be outside chasing the sun.