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
- 2018-2019 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee Member
Helped create 2018 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings List
Helped create 2019 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings List
- 2020 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Chair
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 Association, 2018 – 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.
Certified Public Librarian, Ohio Library Council, 2017 – present
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.
I contribute youth titles matched to a theme to Westerville Magazine every other month.
Making ugly art is the task for young artists at Westerville library
The Columbus Dispatch | April 8, 2019