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Though MSU Libraries remain closed to the public due to COVID-19, we are preparing to welcome students this fall, and we are working on changes inside our Library to welcome people safely. Our goal is to reopen to the public August 24. Until then (and after), we will continue to offer virtual services. Many resources remain available. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for specific Library resources. Reference services are still available via chat and phone. We do have temporary policies for returning/renewing material.

Joseph J. Lauer

Joe Lauer is the Africana Librarian at MSU, where he has worked since 1989 and retired in 2016. Previous librarian positions were at the University of Wisconsin, the University at Buffalo, MSU (as Sahel Documentation Center librarian), and UCLA. Aside from building and cataloging the collection at MSU, he has compiled lists of dissertations about Africa and has been active in the affairs of the Africana Librarians Council and the Cooperative Africana Materials Project. He has degrees in history from St. John’s University (Minnesota) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A. & Ph.D.); and a Master’s in library science from Wisconsin. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal and did dissertation research in western Côte d’Ivoire.