North Lake County Public Library
Since 2014, I have worked as Youth Services Librarian for the North Lake County Public Library District in Polson, Montana. I run weekly programming in the library as well as weekly outreach programming outside of the library in area day cares, preschools, schools, and the occasional business. I also organize the library’s summer reading program, scheduling presentations and activities centering on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. I am most proud of having applied for, and received, grant funding to develop and launch the library’s first-ever makerspace—and for having applied for, and received, the opportunity to participate in Phases I and II of the NASA @ My Library Grant, which is a partnership between the American Library Association, the Space Science Institute, and many other worthy partners.
John Brown University Arutunoff Library
As a student at John Brown University from 2006 to 2010, I was lucky enough to land a position as assistant to the Inter-Library Loan Librarian at the time, and to work under her until graduation, when I moved into JBU’s Business Office and began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the English Department. While I was cross-trained in a number of circulation and reference duties, my primary work consisted of gathering and processing materials from the university’s collection for delivery to both JBU students and to others through OCLC’s ILLiad system. It was during my years in the Arutunoff Library that I determined upon academic libraries as my future career, and both past and present directors of John Brown University’s Arutunoff Library championed my graduate studies in Creative Nonfiction Writing and Library Science, respectively.