Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hansen, Kelli. “The Book as Artifact.” Using Primary Sources: Hands-On Instructional Exercises. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. 8-12.

Hansen, Kelli.  “Education, Training, and Recruitment of Special Collections Librarians: An Analysis of Job Advertisements.” RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage 12:2 (September 2011): 110-132. Web:


  • Curator of Beyond Words: Visual Narratives from the Block Book to the Graphic Novel, produced in cooperation with the Mid-America Arts Alliance and Exhibits USA, Kansas City, MO (September 2016). This exhibition includes around 60 items and is currently accepting bookings for national tour by Exhibits USA, with support from the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
  • Special Collections contributes to a yearly campus-wide symposium on the life sciences and society with an exhibition of rare books and archival materials. Exhibitions I have curated or co-curated for this symposium include:
    • Winds of Change: Weather and Climate from Antiquity to Present (2016).
    • Generations: Reproduction, Heredity, and Epigenetics (2015).
    • Superhero Science! Fact vs. Fiction in Superhero Comics (2014).
    • Food Revolutions: Science and Nutrition, 1700-1920 (2012).


  • “Gathering STEAM through Collaboration: Science Outreach from Special Collections.” Paper presented at the RBMS annual conference, Coral Gables, FL. June 2016.
  • “Some Assembly Required: Building Social Media Teams and Tools to Maximize User Engagement.” Presentation with Grace Atkins at the annual conference of the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System Consortium, Columbia, MO. June 2016.
  • Panelist on “Diverse Objects, Diversity Discussions: Teaching Strategies with Material Culture,” MU Celebration of Teaching, Columbia, MO. May 2016.
  • “Pop-Up Special Collections.” Presentation at the RBMS annual conference, Oakland, CA. June 2015.
  • “Measuring Social Media: Assessing Your Outreach and Impact.” Paper presented at the annual conference of the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System Consortium, Columbia, MO. June 2015.
  • “The Ghosts of Librarians Past: Researching Library Provenance in Special Collections.” Paper presented as one of several professional speakers at the annual University of Missouri Library and Information Science Graduate Student Association Conference, Columbia, MO. March 2015.
  • “Work Smart: Productivity Strategies for Librarians.” Roundtable facilitator at the annual Missouri Library Association Conference, Columbia, MO. October 2014.
  • “K-12 Outreach and Special Collections.” Presentation with Karen Witt at Missouri Library Association Conference, St. Louis, MO. October 2013. Abstract available: