Daniel Liestman was born at an early age. As a foreshadowing of his future career calling, he cataloged all his books in the summer between 4th and 5th grades. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Black Hills State University where he spent most of his waking hours studying in the Library and assisting the reference librarian with stumpers. He then began to realize that he could spend much of his day in the library and get paid for it. Hmm. But first, he went to Midwestern State University to earn an MA in History and began working in the University Library where he handled a wide range of reference questions. He then received a Hilton W. Smith Fellowship to attend the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
His first professional position was at the University of Alabama. Since then he has worked at Rutgers University, Seattle Pacific University, Kansas State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, and DeVry University. His interests include organizational heuristics, informational literacy, and gamification. He has also published on topics ranging from collection management policy to international students.
In addition, he has taught American History, both on site and online, at a number of institutions. He received an annual adjunct professor award from Viterbo University’s Graduate, Professional, and Adult Education program.
He has also published in the fields of Chinese-American History, Native American History, and Mormon History. He is currently researching in Gamification in information literacy instruction, Environmental History as well as the American Civil War and Reconstruction. He is a recipient of the Charles Gates Award for an article published in Pacific Northwest Quarterly.