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Jade Kastel with Lester Young's tenor saxophone at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers.

photo credit: Kailee Faber 2019

Jade Kastel           
2023 Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year

Master of Library & Information Science

Master of Music

Bachelor of Music

Pronouns: she/her

Director of Library Services, 2024-Present

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois

DMA Candidate in Jazz Performance & Minor in Queer Studies, 2022-Present

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Music Librarian, Assistant Professor, Libraries Diversity Officer, 2021-2024      Western Illinois University, WIU Music Library, Macomb, Illinois                     

Librarian for the School of Music and the Department of Theatre & Dance  

Visiting Assistant Librarian, 2020-2021

Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Liaison to the Richard T. Doermer School of

Business and Management Sciences

Reference & Instruction Librarian, 2018-2020

Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, Florida

Liaison to the College of Business


Supervisor of Library Services, 2017-2018

Broward College, Davie, Florida

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