Everyone has a different journey to librarianship, mine started at about age 9 when I decided I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. I started volunteering for the library as a summer reading volunteer when I was 12, they hired me as a page/shelver the week before I turned 15, and the rest is history… (Somewhere in that history is the story of how I got bored in my mid-20s and took a job in Alaska because it seemed like an adventure, and then I fell in love with Alaska and then I fell in love with an Alaskan Native man and there you go.)
I used to blog over at Born Librarian, and I will be migrating some of that content over to here.
For the last 15 years, I’ve worked at libraries in Kansas, Missouri, and Alaska. (Anchorage Public Library since 2008.) I’ve worked as a youth services librarian, branch manager, and as the Youth Services Coordinator since 2013.
Awards, Committees, Etc
- Newbery selection committee, 2012 (The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate)
- ALA Emerging Leaders, Class of 2010
- Municipality of Anchorage, Supervisor of the Year, 2016
I love to present at conferences or for small groups, I won’t list all of the ones I have done in the past, but here is a sampling.
For Librarians: I have presented at the Alaska Library Association conference, Pacific Northwest Library Association conference, and more.
For Educators: I have trained during staff meetings at schools all over Anchorage and presented at the Cook Inlet LIteracy Council training days, at the Association for the Education of the Young Child, and more.
For Homeschoolers: Library resources, research skills, etc. I have presented at Alaska Private and Home Educators Association conference, IDEA Homeschooling conference, and for smaller homeschooling groups as well as regularly teaching in-library classes.
For Muggles: I adore children’s literature and will talk about it for far too long to anyone who will listen to me. To that end I have presented at Nerd Nite Anchorage and taught a class for OLE Anchorage.