|Bellview Elementary School Library Media Center|
In October 2013, I was hired as Library Assistant at Bellview Elementary School in the Ashland School District, Ashland, Oregon. There, I manage circulation activities day-to-day in the school library.
Prior to this, I worked several years as a library volunteer.
I shelved returns and located and processed holds at the Lake County, Calif. public library. These holds might be destined for any library within a cooperative lending partnership between Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino County libraries.
During move-in of the Middletown library collection to a new and larger facility, I trained and supervised other volunteers to correctly shelve library materials.
At a local church, I volunteered as administrator of a small lending library. When I started work, the library occupied an out-of-the way shelf — its existence largely out of mind in the congregation’s awareness.
I was convinced that people would utilize this resource if I boosted its visibility. I presented a purchase request to the church board for a shelving cart to house the library collection. This enabled me to bring the church library each Sunday into the meeting hall. I also engaged in ongoing publicity through blogging, social media, email campaigns and fliers.
Support for libraries made regular appearances in a weekly newspaper column published in the Lake County Record-Bee (I worked professionally as a newspaper editor while volunteering for the library.)
In spring 2013, my family moved to Ashland and I immediately became involved with local libraries. I volunteered for a shelving/remodeling project in the Government Publications Department at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library. In autumn, I began to help with monthly “Crafternoon” activities in the Ashland library teen department.
From 2010 to 2015, I completed online schooling in Library and Information Technology through Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. While in school, I became a student member of the American Library Association.
I continue to develop my skills through independent study.
Perhaps my most unusual pursuit is Yarn Bombing at Your Library, which combines textile art with social media to promote awareness of libraries. I curate images of yarn-stormers’ “tags” at, or involving, libraries.
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