Work & Education

I have over ten years experience in public library operation with a specific focus on children, teens, and their families. My duties and responsibilities include designing and leading innovative programs that reflect both community needs and national trends, dynamic, thoughtful and inclusive collection development, and everyday advocacy on behalf of the library and area families.

Youth Services Librarian, Homer Public Library, 2010- present
The Homer Public Library serves a rural community of 5,200 people plus the surrounding population of 7,000. Library staff take pride in meeting local needs through responsive, innovative programs and resource collections. Early literacy efforts and children’s services are a focal point. My position, youth services librarian, was created as a result of community advocacy efforts. Duties:

  • Design and implement year-round programs for children, teens, and their families in and out of the library – emphasis on early literacy & digital literacy
  • Act as a community media mentor connecting families with relevant media, including both traditional and new media
  • Select, purchase, weed, and catalog the children’s and teen multimedia collections, including new media for program use and anytime access
  • Create passive and active family education opportunities, including early literacy workshops
  • Collaborate with local, state, and national organizations on issues relating to children and teens
  • Supervise volunteers, teen interns/mentors, and guest program leaders
  • Author and manage grants pertaining to youth services initiatives
  • Library Technician and Library Technician Assistant, 2010-2012 and Youth Services Librarian, 2012-present

Coordinator, Friends of the Homer Public Library, 2003-2007
Coordinated $7.2 million community supported, capital campaign for a new library with an all-volunteer committee. The campaign was successfully completed in May of 2005 and the library opened in September of 2006.. I also served as the organization’s first coordinator after the campaign and building construction were complete; designing, implementing and garnering financial support for library programs, maintaining the robust membership, and managing volunteers.

Education

Professional Memberships

  • Alaska Library Association (AkLA)
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
  • Public Library Association (PLA)
  • Young Adult Library Association (YALSA)

Awards

Southern Alaska NCWIT Educator Award, 2019