Patrons Your Library Serves:
Lindsey Melton McCarter
What was your first library job?
I worked at Tyner Middle Academy, a magnet school for math, science, and technology, starting in 2007-08 school year as I had previously worked as a 6th grade language arts and social studies (integrated content) teacher and I only worked there one year as a librarian. My next job made me the librarian I am today — I worked as an International Baccalaureate teacher librarian from 2008–2014 on a flexible schedule and sometimes partial flex! It was a life-changing experience that I will never regret.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I look forward to my job every single day! There are very few careers where you truly decide what you do each day: teaching independence, inquiry-based learning, virtual learning, reading aloud my favorite authors, sharing a love of reading, teaching research, archiving materials, cataloging books, teaching kids how to create blogs, social media safety, and just getting to know your students so that you can direct them to the right reading materials.
How do you stay inspired?
My mother and sister were a constant source of inspiration! I work hard to make sure they have an amazing legacy through me. My sister was a teacher who unexpectedly passed away on February 28, 2014 of a heart attack and Grave’s disease. She taught in our district for 19 years and was a true educational mentor and my best friend. My mother instilled a love of reading from birth until the day she passed away on February 4, 2015 (this school year) and constantly lifted my spirits!
Beyond my family, I am very close to my HCDE librarian support group for our district and I am constantly reading the latest research and librarian blogs to stay current on the latest trends.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I absolutely love yoga and acupuncture — I go weekly!
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
This sounds corny, but every day is my best day — I never know what is ahead. But I especially love READ ACROSS AMERICA week as we celebrate reading and one of my favorite authors, Dr. Seuss!
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 redesign the library to make it look like a coffee house and I would have “selfie” booths where students take photos of themselves recommending various books (confession: I read about this happening at the New York Public Library).
How do you envision your library in 2025?
More eBooks and hopefully we will be a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
The library is like a boomerang! It all comes back — even the stuff you discarded. LOL.