Patrons Your Library Serves:
What was your first library job?
My first professional position was a small, Carnegie library in rural Pennsylvania. I loved the Director and she offered me the freedom to try new things with all age groups.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I believe that people have limitless opportunities to grow and learn if they have access to a public library. In schools we motivate students to explore their library and to realize that we are there for them and any question is worthy of our time and attention.
How do you stay inspired?
I stay inspired by reading, by spending time with colleagues and by interacting with students who have discovered or re-discovered the joy or pleasure reading.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I love to kayak.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
My best day was one where teachers and students were flowing in and out the door all day. Students found helpful information and shared it with their classmates. The teacher trusted me to recommend websites, books, and online databases for her research project. I also loved it that the students took time to feed the fish and watch a live cam of a mother eagle and her eaglets.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
I would like the “library” to be the hub of the school with print and nonprint materials, art displays, the writing center, the learning support center, a smoothie station, the IB Center for Global Education and artifacts from yesteryear side by side with new items from 3-D printers.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
I see it an open space with windows to the rest of the school, and with a team of advisers moving in and out. I see it open more hours with more technical tools like Fitbits®, 3-D printers, robotic kits and student leaders mentoring new students. I see screens in group settings with digital projects. I see beautiful art on display and groups busy problem-solving in seminar spaces. I see plants and fish tanks to bring peace to the space.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Spend more time doing the best public service possible and less time worrying about the future of libraries.