Part-time and Volunteer Staff

A list of those who currently work part-time or as volunteers at the Hong Kierkegaard Library:

Lise Faillettaz

Library Collections Associate, Kierkegaard Library

  • Lise Faillettaz has worked for the Hong Kierkegaard Library since 2003. In addition to providing assistance to students and scholars, she has responsibilities in the areas of collection development, acquisitions, access to periodical articles, and the organization of the historical archives of the Hong Kierkegaard Library. A graduate of Luther College with a B.A. in English and French literature, she earned an M.A. in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. Her library background at St. Olaf includes many years helping develop the Government Documents position in Rolvaag Library.

For more information, please see her profile on the St. Olaf website

Troy Wellington Smith
Special Consultant for the Rare Book Collection (volunteer)
  • Troy Wellington Smith is a fourth-year PhD student in Scandinavian at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Master’s of Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in English literature from the University of Mississippi, where he defended a thesis entitled “Kierkegaard and Byron: Disability, Irony, and the Undead.” In addition to having participated several times in the Hong Kierkegaard Library Summer Fellows program, he is also an Assistant Editor of the Library’s Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter. At Berkeley, he plans to write a dissertation on Kierkegaard and Book History.

Student Workers

A list of St. Olaf students who currently work at the Hong Kierkegaard Library during the academic year and/or summer months:

Mattias Kostov

An international St. Olaf student from Bulgaria, Mattias is philosophy major and the current Editor in Chief of the The Reed: An Undergraduate Journal of Existentialism. Aside from spending his time at the Kierkegaard Library and arguing about humanity’s imminent enslavement to A.I., he is interested in pursuing a law degree after graduation.


An international St. Olaf Student from Jakarta, Indonesia, Omara is a philosophy and psychology major graduating in 2021. He has a keen interest in the intersectionality between psychopathy and existentialism. In his free time he involves himself in theatre and progressive rock guitar improvisations.

Amy Imdieke

A second-year St. Olaf student in the graduating class of 2021, Amy Imdieke is a member of the Great Conversation program and studies the interconnections between natural sciences and English literature. She is the Treasurer of the St. Olaf Neuroscience Club and spends her free time playing the clarinet in Norseman Band.