Professional Development

I am always exploring new ways to continue my education and expand my professional skills.

Memberships & Committee Work

American Library Association, 2015 – present

  • Member, Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange RT
  • Member, Games & Gaming RT
  • Member, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender RT
  • Member, Graphic Novel and Comics RT

Association for Library Services to Children, 2016 – present

Ohio Library Council, 2016 – present

  • Children’s Services Division Action Council Member, January 2019 – 2021
  • Member, Children’s Services Division and Young Adult Services Division 2016 – present

Public Library Association2018 – present

Young Adult Library Services Association, 2016 – present


Professional Development & Continuing Education

Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries, March-April 2019: I am currently participating in the University of Michigan’s online course Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries, part of their Public Library Management professional certificate program.

Supercharged Storytimes, January-March 2019: I completed the online Supercharged Storytimes self-paced course through WebJuncton in early 2019 along with an in-person learning circle with my peers at Westerville Public Library.

Ohio Digital Media Training by the State Library of Ohio, November 2016:  I attended an all-day Media Mentorship training sponsored by the State Library of Ohio at Worthington Libraries in November 2016. Throughout 2017, I trained my fellow youth librarians on the concepts I learned and implemented media mentor techniques throughout my department through programming and reference services.

ALSC Mentoring Program, Class of 2016 (Mentee): As a mentee in the ALSC mentor program, I met virtually with my mentor, Megan Egbert once a month. We set specific program goals that involved reviewing the responsibilities of each ALSC committee, interviewing various youth librarians about their jobs, and creating a shared list of resources for continued education.


Certifications

Certified Public LibrarianOhio Library Council, 2017 – present


Publications

60 Ready to Use Coding Projects
I am contributing three sections to the upcoming book edited by Ellyssa Valenti and published by the American Library Association, expected to publish in 2019.

Bookmarks Column 
I contribute youth titles matched to a theme to Westerville Magazine every other month.


Press

Making ugly art is the task for young artists at Westerville library
The Columbus Dispatch | 
April 8, 2019