Laura BonellaLivia Olsen

Associate professor
Academic services librarian

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Subject librarian for:
Agricultural education, agronomy, animal science and industry, biological and agricultural engineering, agricultural communication, entomology, horticulture and natural resources, Food Science Institute, and grain science and industry.

About Livia:
Livia can meet individually with students or faculty to help with research questions and help faculty develop research assignments for students using library resources. She also can visit your undergraduate or graduate class to teach information literacy skills like finding, using and evaluating library resources. She consults with the science content development librarian in making library collection decisions about books, journals and electronic resources.

Besides assisting students and faculty in her subject areas, Livia is involved in The Rangelands Partnership, a collaboration between librarians and range scientists in the western states.

Research interest:
Geography-based database searching, collection development for reference and instruction librarians, libraries’ role in science identity development, Kansas rangelands, collaborative projects with other agriculture librarians, digitization of historical agriculture publications and library support for systematic reviews.

Fun fact:
Livia worked at a botanical garden before becoming a librarian.


  • Master of Library Science, University of North Texas
  • Bachelor of Science on Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln