Here’s a GREAT big idea: hire me!
I’m Dani Wellemeyer! An information + communication professional with zero chill, making friends across the heartland.
I care about working on things until they’re excellent, positive experiences for users, carefully written and fastidiously edited writing, learning every day and researching things for fun, talking to people, very very very good coffee, and smashing the patriarchy.
Right now I…
Work in an academic library, helping the library find ways to engage with students
Really love reading what my public library calls “Intergalactic Romance” #sorryNOTsorry
Think I’m going to smash out my patio and build a new one this spring
Fave areas of the Internet
Makers in and around Kansas City
Science communicators on YouTube
Remember the Saturday morning cartoon ritual? My grown-ass version of that is catching up with all the new uploads from my favorite scicomm YouTube channels. Space and natural history 😍😍😍 Do I use science in my work? Not exactly. I just love learning. Also, if you can communicate to a general audience about PHYSICS?! You are GOOD at your JOB.
Snarky library Twitter
DON’T YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS YET? Take a break, go catch up. You’re welcome.
Wait, these are all library jobs? Yep! That’s a good thing.
Librarianing: being amazing at finding information, teaching college students and adults, baller customer service, campus communication and relationships, being a team player on projects with like no money, designing curriculum and learning objects, user experience research, assessing programs and services and student learning, organizing everything.
Head of Outreach and Engagement, Miller Nichols Library, UMKC
September 2017 to Present
Information Literacy Librarian, Miller Nichols Library, UMKC
June 2014 to September 2017
Teaching and Learning Services Librarian, Miller Nichols Library, UMKC
March 2013 to May 2014
Graduate Library Assistant, Miller Nichols Library, UMKC
September 2011 to March 2013
Graduate Teaching Assistant in Communication Studies, Kansas State University
2007 to 2009
Student Editorial Assistant, The Shocker, Wichita State University Alumni Association
Manager, Rock River Rapids Aquatic Park, Derby, KS
Things I’m really—not just sort of—good at.
A fun interview with my bff and co-queen president of this website/consultancy, Jess.
A feature article for The Shocker, the alumni magazine of Wichita State University. This actually appeared in print. Print!
A chapter I co-wrote for a book about training new team members.
Wellemeyer, D., and Williams, J. (2019) Principles for Designing Active and Adaptable Onboarding Experiences for Library Employees. Onboarding 2.0: Methods of Designing and Deploying Effective Onboarding Training for Academic Libraries, Nova Science Publishers.
Social media for organizations
Teaching, presenting, and public speaking
Hiring and training
Graphic design on a shoestring
Web design & editing: WordPress and SquareSpace (uh, hello?)
Productivity tools and technologies
I’ve got ‘em.
My goal was clearly just to spread my tuition dollars around the Midwest, what can I tell ya?
May 2014 M.A. Communication Studies
Kansas State University
May 2013 M.A. Information Science & Learning Technologies
University of Missouri
Aug 2007 B.A. Communications
Wichita State University
P.S. If you really want to read EVERYTHING, my curriculum vitae can be viewed here.
Well. What do you think?
Look. I know I’m not your traditional applicant to a creative agency. But I can say with the confidence of a mediocre white man that I am the person you want to hire. And unlike a mediocre white man, I will show up every day and slay.
You also need to meet me! I know I just told you that I’m a nerd-cool librarian, but I’m also cheerful af; I make friends and fans everywhere I go. Hello Big Idea will benefit from my skills, my personality, and—since we’re being honest—my friendship.
I want to be a part of this team, and you want that, too.