Kristen A. Bullard


Kristen has been passionate about exploring ecosystems and advocating for environmental conservation from a very young age. During her studies for a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture at Texas A&M, Kristen focused on ways to minimize the impact of the built environment on wildlife and ecosystems. After receiving her bachelors, Kristen joined the Student Conservation Association as a volunteer interpretive park ranger on Isle Royale National Park. This was a life changing experience where Kristen realized that she had a knack for teaching environmental education. Next, she worked as an educator for the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. Then, Kristen joined Teach for America to teach earth and environmental science to middle and high school students, while also completing courses to earn her teaching certificate. After teaching for four years, Kristen went on to receive her Masters of Science in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill.

After receiving her library degree, Kristen worked for the University of Houston as an Instruction Librarian and then the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as the Coordinator of Instructional Services. Wanting to apply her passion for science in the field of librarianship, Kristen moved to Flagstaff, AZ to serve as the Academic Programs Librarian for the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences at Northern Arizona University. Of course, when she noticed a posting for a science librarian position at the Smithsonian, she simply had to put her name in the hat!

For the first six years of Kristen’s time with the Smithsonian Libraries, she served as the Branch Librarian for the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Now, Kristen is in a new role for the Libraries, called User Experience Librarian. In this capacity, Kristen collaborates with library staff across the 21 branches to assess and develop programming and services tailored to the needs of specific user groups.

While Kristen’s work has recently shifted a little away from the conservation sciences, she will always be passionate about the intersections between wildlife and humans, and how to minimize the impact of our built environments on the natural world. No matter the content of their collections, Kristen sees libraries as centers of the community and librarians as partners for the users they serve.