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Owner - North Coast Indexing Services
November 2002 - present

  • Prepare indexes according to publishers’ specifications for books and other publications, specializing in biography, business, economics, genealogy, history, literary criticism, sociology, and children’s and young adult non-fiction
  • Manage and market an independent index-contracting business
  • Proof-read manuscripts as part of indexing projects

Tour Guide/Interpreter
Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site
May 2001 - present

  • Prepare and lead in-depth educational tours of an historic lighthouse preserved on the North Shore of Lake Superior
  • Perform costumed interpretation to enhance visitors' understanding of the purpose and functions of a lighthouse and the daily life of lighthouse keepers and their families

Head of Reference
Minnesota Historical Society

January 1992-March 2001

  • Managed the Minnesota Historical Society’s Library program. Primary responsibility for public reference services, patron instruction, program promotion, organization of information in the collection, materials retrieval and storage, Copy Services operations, a staff of 35 and a budget in excess of $900,000.00

Reference Services Supervisor
James J. Hill Reference Library

September 1988-January 1992

  • Supervised seven professional librarians along with reference and online searching services
  • Coordinated production of in-house publications, including bibliographies and brochures, a client newsletter and Index to Minnesota Business Periodicals

Reference Librarian
James J. Hill Reference Library

September 1975-August 1988

  • Provided telephone and in-person reference service in business, economics, and related subject areas

  • Developed a subject guide to the Library’s periodicals collections and indexed three company directories


  • U. S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School: Basic Indexing, July 2002; Applied Indexing, November 2003; Proofreading, December 2005

  • M. A., Library Science, University of Minnesota, March 1976

  • B. A., Sociology, University of Minnesota, June 1971


  • American Society of Indexers


Denise E. Carlson
6514 Hwy. 61 East
Little Marais, MN 55614
(218) 226-3630