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

  • Service for All Conference Committee, 2019 – present
  • Children’s Services Division Action Council Member, January 2019 – present
  • 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

Developmentally-Appropriate and Diverse Books for Storytime, April-May 2020: Library Juice Academy

Building Your Management Toolkit, March-April 2020: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth, February 2020-present

Identifying Community Needs for Public Library Management, January-March 2020: This online University of Michigan course focused on getting to know your community through a deep data dive, surveys, and interviews.

Bystander Intervention Training, August 2019: Hollaback! hosted an online Bystander Intervention Training for current ALSC committee chairs. We focused on five different methods to assist someone who is being harassed.

Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries, March-April 2019: The University of Michigan’s online course Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries focused on applying for large grants (typically $50,000+) and other fundraising and crowdfunding opportunities.

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 American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED Program, 2020-2022

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.


Presentations

Baby Time Boredom, 2019 Ohio Library Council Expo (October 2019)
Co-presented with Sarah Simpson.
Babies’ brains double in size during their first year of life. While babies learn faster than older children and adults, many libraries offer little programming for this age range. Take baby time beyond traditional storytimes by thinking outside of the box. Join Westerville Public Library to learn about special programming for ages 0-3 such as babywearing dance, STEM baby play, and sensory exploration, and discover tips on how to cultivate a cost-effective baby toy collection focusing on specific developmental stages. After the presentation, you will get some hands-on playtime with baby-friendly STEM and sensory toys.


Blog Posts

Follow my blog at bookcartqueens.com.

Robot Obstacle Course, Jbrary, April 16, 2019


Press

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

Westerville Public Library Will Be Transformed Into A Wizarding Wonderland For Wizards & Wands Festival
The Columbus Navigator | October 2018


Community Involvement

Member, Friends of the Columbus Zoo

Volunteer, Columbus Zoo