Library Media Specialist
Dayton Avenue Elementary School
Patrons Your Library Serves:
What was your first library job?
My first library job was as a young adult/reference librarian at a pubic library. My favorite part about that job was coaching the teen book battle team and running YA programs such as game nights and book release parties for popular titles like The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I am proud to be a librarian because I get to do what I love each and every day. I get to foster a love of reading and literacy in others while teaching them how to be digital learners. Our field is changing and growing and I’m proud to be working during this change to combine traditional library services with the skills of 21st Century Learners.
How do you stay inspired?
I stay inspired by reading professional journals, visiting my public library often and talking with students and teachers. However, most importantly, I stay inspired by connecting with other professionals and building my Professional Learning Network on sites such as Twitter and GoodReads.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
For fun I love to cook healthy, organic meals and desserts! I also love to sketch and paint and really like abstract, pop and collage art. I love to sketch from inspiration all around me, like the cover of a book or the label on a candle or even from ideas on Pinterest! I also enjoy nature from gardening to photographing birds and flowers. One thing people wouldn’t guess about me is that I used to be a journalist before being a librarian and my niche was music journalism. I interviewed pop and punk-pop bands and even a professional ice-skater and skateboarder. (I used to love skateboarding and video games!)
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
The best day for me at the library is whenever a patron or student comes in with a smile wanting to talk about a book or new technology that I had recommended. To me, a great day is when you can inspire someone to read, question or try something new. Recently a great day was when a 4th grader was checking out a book about eagles and I recommended that he watch a live eagle cam where the babies were about to hatch any day! He loved the live cam so much that he showed his teacher who showed her class — so for me just being able to provide resources and suggest sites or books that excite students make it a great day!
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
My favorite Demco products have always been the bookmarks and spine labels! I love putting the spine labels on new books to hopefully get these books into the hands of readers who may have passed them by on the shelf if it wasn’t for the label. I love the bookmarks because the students get so excited when we have a new design at circulation! They can’t wait to start their book to use their new bookmark!
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
If the sky were the limit, I would turn my library into a makerspace where students would be able to create, collaborate and connect with each other in a safe environment. Students would be able to design their space, utilize different technologies and be global learners in the library. The library would not just be a quiet environment, but an unstructured space for communication and collaboration.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
I envision libraries moving away from a traditional structure of being quiet places with shelves of books to being more collaborative spaces for sharing ideas and researching. Libraries will be a learning space for the community where one can find and evaluate new information — be it about books, electronics, music or video games. It will also be a social space for creating. I think that the layout of libraries will change as well as the traditional model and I’m excited to see what 2025 has in store!
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
The best piece of advice I have is to always read. You can’t be a librarian without reading and appreciating the art of reading. You also have to stay up-to-date on current pop culture trends, technology and the news to be able to relate and help patrons who visit your library. You also want to build a rapport with your students or patrons and make them feel comfortable in the library and to see the library as a space for thinking and questioning.