Patrons Your Library Serves:
What was your first library job?
While working as a classroom teacher, I frequently visited my school’s library to complete research projects. The irony here was that we didn’t have a librarian, so my visits were sort of “self-directed.” Suffice it to say, my principal was impressed by my devotion to creating library experiences for students. The following school year (circa 2002), I was staffed as a school librarian on a waiver. Later, I was awarded a scholarship that afforded me the opportunity to earn my MLIS.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
In my opinion, libraries are the gateway to “endless” knowledge, and it’s free. I love connecting people to ideas and information.
How do you stay inspired?
I am inspired by my students. I am always excited when a student discovers a book that ignites his/her imagination. I genuinely love having conversations with my students about “good literature” and sharing recommendations. These are the kinds of moments that remind me of my youth and all of the time I spent reading wonderful stories. Surprisingly enough, some of the best books I have read in the past few years have been recommended by my students.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I love to write as much as I love to read!
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
My school has a program where students have the opportunity to recognize adult teachers who have made a difference in their life. It is always heart-warming when I enter the library and find a note from a student thanking me for helping them develop a love for reading. It really reaffirms my purpose for working as a librarian, and it makes my day memorable.
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If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
I would fully integrate technology into my school’s current library program. I wholeheartedly believe that students should have as much exposure to information in various formats. Thus, I would purchase e-readers, tablets, MacBooks, and listening/viewing stations. Students would literally be able to utilize the library’s resources to access any type of information they needed (in any format) on site or remotely for their academic studies.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
I would love to see school libraries more akin to college libraries. I envision students utilizing the library as a place to independently study or to work with study groups. I envision teachers working more collaboratively with librarians in order to facilitate more research based learning.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Strive not to have the perfect library with all of your books placed neatly on shelves and students sitting quietly in rows. Strive to have a library that is bursting at the seams with knowledge and books everywhere!