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Meet Your Librarians: Jade Kastel

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Reference & Instruction Librarian

  • College of Business Liaison
  • Instruction
  • Reference


2020 Master of Library & Information Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

2019 Archival Fellowship, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey

2008 Master of Music, Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

2005 Bachelor of Music, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota

Research Interests & Publications

​2020 USF 12th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, Poster

Tailoring Library Instruction and LibGuides to Engage Music Majors


2020 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRLDistance Library Instruction Virtual Poster

Tailoring Virtual Library Instruction and LibGuides to Engage Music Majors




2020 Southern Mississippi Institutional Repository Conference (SMIRC)

IR Wisdom Across Four States


2020 Florida Library Association Conference (FLA)

When Diversity ≠ Equity & Inclusion: In a demographically diverse city, a public and academic library continue to strive for equity, inclusion, and serving underrepresented diversities

Jade Kastel & Paul Bazile


2019 Florida Association of College & Research Libraries (FACRL)

Inclusive Language Broadens Access for All to

Library Services, Collections & Archives

Jade Kastel, Kailee Faber & Alexandra Howard

2019 Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN)

An Academic Library’s Creative
Interdisciplinary & Community Collaborations
Jordan Workman, Lindsey Corey & Jade Kastel

Johnson & Wales Library SEFLIN Poster


Jade Kastel



About Jade...

What is your favorite book in the library?

Some recent favorites:   
Same-Sexy Marriage by Julie Marie Wade 
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat 
dark // thing by Ashley M. Jones
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Scald by Denise Duhamel

What is your favorite JWU memory?

Seeing the manatees in the canal behind JWU!

What is your favorite Tech tool?

Cell phones and all their expanding capabilities. 

What library resource do you find most helpful?

I enjoy using the databases and the LibGuides, and since both are online, it makes research accessible both in the library and remotely.  My favorite resource when I was in graduate school in Ohio was interlibrary loan because I could order obscure sound recordings and music scores from all over the state.

What is your favorite website?

YouTube -- I can listen to musicians, lectures, interviews, comedians, watch sports highlights and funny animals, and learn new skills all in one place. 

Literary Cake Contest

Jade's 2020 Reads

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
The Water Dancer

Jade's favorite books »