A 21st Century Librarian


It's not about stats. It is about community.

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Welcome

I have been so fortunate to have worked in many wonderful organizations; many of my accomplishments are credited, in part, to many of my colleagues and friends.  My portfolio contains materials, programs/events, and accomplishments that showcase some of the wonderful things I've had the good fortune to be part of over the years.

Portfolio

About Me

My Experience

As a leader in the library community, I have grown passionate about programming, outreach, and advocacy. To that end, I attended the American Library Association's 2017 Leadership Institute, the Mississippi Library Commission's 2014 Library Leadership Institute, and various community focused leadership programs. My goal in enrolling had been to be part of a cohort group for networking and support; what I emerged with was a new perspective on my role and the role of my team when it came to the importance of public libraries in the 21st Century. My professional aspiration, my sincere desire, is to move the image of the public library and public librarians from its dusty to past and place it firmly in the forefront of American thought as a Community Center, and all that encompasses. 

Biography

My Skillset

With over a decade of experience in public and special libraries, I have developed a keen awareness of the public relations, marketing, and outreach needs libraries must address to ensure the success of their institution. Through strong leadership skills, the development of collaborative environments, and establishing best practices, I believe that all library staff can become de facto library advocates and community leaders. 

My Goals

I believe that the role of a librarian is to safeguard every individual's right to free and unbiased information. I believe that libraries are community centers, literacy hubs, technology mechas, and that with the right message, excellent community engagement, and empowered staff, that libraries will exist long into the future. 

Work History

Outreach Librarian

Maryland State Library for the 

Blind and Physically Handicapped

2017-Present


Branch Manager

G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library

Central Mississippi Regional Library System 

2013-2017

Genealogy Librarian

Covington Public Library

St. Tammany Parish Library

2011-2013

Reference Librarian

Covington Public Library

St. Tammany Parish Library

2009-2011

Graduate Reference Assistant

B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library

C W Post Campus, Long Island University

2007-2009

Insurance Sales & Marketing

State Farm - Phil Hill Ins. Agency, 2006-2007

Prudential - William Husfelt Ins. Agency, 2003-2006