Hanrahan, Chelsea - New England College
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Hanrahan, Chelsea

Director, NEC Libraries; Professor
Office: Danforth Library, Henniker
Phone: 603.428.2344
Email: chanrahan @nec.edu
Professional website: www.linkedin.com/in/chelseahanrahan/

Expertise and Memberships
• Information literacy
• Research methods
• Library issues, management, and mergers
• Student success

• Association of College and Research Libraries New England, state representative for New Hampshire and board member, 2017–present
• American Library Association: National Chapter: Committee on Education
• Convenor of Mid-Sized Libraries Discussion Group (2014–2016)

Educational Background
MLS, Indiana University—Bloomington
BA in History, University of New Hampshire

Research Interest:
• Information literacy
• Information evaluation
• Library issues, management, and academic library mergers
• Service to online students
• Forensic genealogy
• Missing persons

Chelsea Hanrahan came to NEC in 2009 as a newly graduated librarian and has happily continued to watch her career grow at NEC. She started out as the Distance Services Librarian, Library Liaison to the Graduate Program, and Assistant Professor, helping adult and online learners obtain degrees. She has continued to explore different areas at the College, including teaching research methods and the strategic capstone in both the masters in Public Policy program and the MBA program. In 2014, Chelsea was promoted to Director of the H. Raymond Danforth Library on the Henniker campus and expanded that role in 2018 as NEC merged with the former New Hampshire Institute of Art to oversee both locations.

In addition to her library roles, Chelsea is the Project Director for NEC’s federal Title III Grant, which NEC received in 2018. This grant encompasses implementing and improving rates of student success, graduation, and retention and liaising with the greater NEC community to provide opportunities for students that will serve them as they go out into the world.

Chelsea is also an intern at Redgrave Research Forensic Services, which works in conjunction with law enforcement to use forensic and genetic genealogy to restore identities to the nameless and provide answers to unsolved crimes.