Reference and Instruction Librarian
M.A., University of Iowa
Amanda Walch is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Jamestown. In this role, she works with students and faculty from nearly all majors and departments. She teaches research skills in classroom, workshop, and one-on-one settings, manages library events and outreach, and is passionate about making the library an inclusive and useful space for all. She loves any teaching opportunity that involves helping students think more critically about how they interact with information and why those interactions matter.
Walch earned her MLIS in 2018 from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA) where she was involved in the School of Library and Information Science’s Student Chapter of the American Library Association and worked with undergraduate students in general education research and writing courses. From 2018-2019, Walch was a member of the first cohort of Librarians in Residence at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC—a 10-month fellowship program for recent graduates. She worked in the Library’s audiovisual archival division, providing reference services and promoting library collections through research guides and educational events. Following this, Walch returned to her undergraduate alma mater (Luther College in Decorah, IA) for a sabbatical replacement position focused on reference, instruction, and user experience in virtual library environments. She began her position at the University of Jamestown in July 2020.
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
Walch is involved in the North Dakota Library Association and the North Dakota-Manitoba Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries.