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Emerging and Immersive Technology Librarian

University of Central Oklahoma


Karl Siewert has 20 years of experience in public and academic libraries. They are in charge of the Innovation Studio at the Chambers Library, a maker space for students, faculty and staff to use 3D printing, laser cutting, virtual reality and other technologies to enhance learning. Siewert has long been an early adopter of new technologies and is a lifelong learner and educated generalist who wants to know at least a little bit about everything they see.

Education and Certifications

  • Certified Carpentries instructor
  • Masters of Library and Information Science - Dominican University via College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education - Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS


  • Instructional Librarian - Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK
  • Teen Services Librarian - Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa, OK
  • Business Reference Librarian - Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa, OK

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

  • “Audits, Bans, and Challenges: What every library should know about attacks on intellectual freedom”. Presentation (2022). Southeast Kansas Library System Academic Inservice.
  • “A Different Breed of Cat: Finding my Queer Self”. Book Chapter (2022). Trans and Gender Diverse Voices in LIS. Library Juice Press. ISBN: 978-1-63400-120-5
  • “Dude-looking People: Being Non-binary and AMAB in Libraries”. Book Chapter (2022). Grabbing Tea: Queer Conversations in Librarianship (Volume One). Library Juice Press. ISBN: 978-1-63400-134-2
  • “Where do you stand? Crafting a Land Acknowledgement statement”. Presentation (2022). 115th Annual Conference of the Oklahoma Library Association.
  • “TERF Wars: Trans Representation and Misrepresentation in Collection Development”. Presentation (2020). 2020 Vision: Looking at Our Profession through a DEI Lens. OK-ACRL Annual Conference.
  • ‘The “Bus Proof” Library: Technical Succession Planning, Knowledge Transfer, and Institutional Memory’. Article with Dr. Pamela Louderback (2019). Journal of Library Administration. 89(4).


  • Knitting and other fiber arts
  • Drawing
  • Yo-yos and other skill toys
  • Singing and playing ukulele

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