Meet the Library Staff!

Posted on November 10th, 2021 by

Kate Sonsteby

Kate Sonsteby (’05)

Ever wondered who coordinates purchasing books (and more) for the library?  Meet new Library Acquisitions Manager Kate Sonsteby (‘05).  Kate joined us in summer 2021, and her work is essential to providing library research materials at Gustavus.  We asked Kate a few questions to get to know her better…

What interested you in working at the Gustavus library?
I always feel at home in a library, surrounded by books and people who promote the pursuit of lifelong learning. The Gustavus library, in particular, is a special place to this alumna, and I appreciate how it serves both the campus and the St. Peter communities.

What do you enjoy most about working at the library so far?
My new colleagues! I am enjoying getting to know everyone and learning how I can best contribute to our shared endeavors.

What are you reading now?
I like to keep a few books in rotation at any given time! Right now, I’m reading When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi; World of Wonders, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil; and Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir, by Kao Kalia Yang. On deck are The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig; and Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, by Mary Roach. 

What activities were you involved in while a student?
I was heavily involved with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and spent most of my life in the music building when I wasn’t working at the Writing Center—or studying in the library! I also helped in the Career Center as a practice interviewer, sang in a church choir, and volunteered as a Junior Great Books instructor at South Elementary.

What advice do you have for current students?
Be curious about the world as you search for your place in it, and try not to assume that there’s only one prescribed path forward. Allow space and time for the things that bring you joy. Pay attention to the people you meet and the relationships you choose to cultivate during college; some will turn into lifelong friends, the type who will unflinchingly face difficulty at your side.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love playing music with friends and going to concerts. I didn’t realize just how much I missed the communal act of music-making until I was finally able to play with my string quartet again this past summer!

If you see Kate around campus, please stop and say hello!



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