Experience and Education

EXPERIENCE

Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Programming, and Marketing, Santa Barbara Public Library, Santa Barbara, CA | April 2017-present

  • Supervise a team of paraprofessional staff and librarians
  • Develop innovative programming for all ages
  • Cultivate community partnerships

Programming and Marketing Librarian, Santa Barbara Public Library, Santa Barbara, CA | July 2016—April 2017

  • Provided readers’ advisory and reference services to patrons of all ages
  • Develop and facilitated programs (children’s teen, adult); conduct community outreach
  • Managed the library’s social media presence
  • Lead the marketing team on promoting the library’s services, collections, and programs
  • Conducted staff training
  • Selected adult fiction, teen fiction and nonfiction, and graphic novels
  • Successfully wrote several grants, which funded teen interns to design a new teen space in the library and funded materials for a new van that will allow the library to provide education in the community at sites outside of the library
  • Coordinated the library’s implementation of Harwood Institute philosophy of community engagement

Collection Development Librarian, Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS   |  October 2013—July 2016

  • Selected print and digital materials for the young adult fiction and nonfiction collections, graphic novels for teens and adults, and all media, including music CDs, television and film, and nonfiction DVDs collections
  • Maintained the circulating e-reader collection
  • Monitored high demand fiction and nonfiction for adult, teen, and youth collections
  • Assisted patrons with readers’ advisory and reference inquiries
  • Managed the library’s social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram
  • Continued to perform duties of previous position

Young Adult Library Assistant, Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS   |  March 2012—October 2013

  • Assisted patrons with readers’ advisory and reference inquiries
  • Developed and facilitate youth and adult programs including teen book club, National Novel Writing Month workshops, and Teen Read Week programs funded by a YALSA/Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant
  • Developed readers’ advisory materials and book displays
  • Produced content for the main library and teen specific social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest
  • Wrote web content, including maintaining the events calendar and writing blog posts

Account Services/Data Entry Specialist, Douglas County Bank, Lawrence, KS  |  December 2005-August 2009 & July 2010-March 2013

  • Coordinated transition from paper filing system to digital archives
  • Audited data entry maintenance reports for accuracy of documentation for all customer and account information
  • Prepared reports and spreadsheets for review by management
  • Provided customer service
  • Processed fraud claims
  • Provided Internet banking administration and user support
  • Developed departmental training manual and updated written procedures
  • Served on charitable fundraising and social media committees

Commercial Lines Agent, Strong’s Insurance Nashville, KS   |  August 2009-July 2010

  • Provided customer service for commercial lines customers
  • Processed and obtained documentation for renewals, new business applications, policy change requests, and claims
  • Met with prospective commercial customers to determine insurance needs

Research Assistant, Political Science Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS  |   2006 

  • Conducted research in both Spanish and English language publications
  • Prepared abstracts and annotated research materials

Childcare Worker and Activities Coordinator, The Shelter, Inc, Lawrence, KS  |  2003-2005

  • Responsible for daily care of 14 adolescents in the foster care system and/or juvenile justice system
  • Coordinated care with social workers and family, mental health professionals, doctors, and school staff
  • Organized recreational and educational activities
  • Continued to serve as a substitute staff member until 2011

Assistant Debate Coach, USD 372, Silver Lake, KS  |  2002-2006

  •  Assisted students with research and preparation of arguments
  • Organized invitational tournaments
  • Judged local, regional, and national competitions

EDUCATION

Master of Library Science | Emporia State University, Emporia, KS | 2016
Concentration in Librarianship for Children and Young Adults

Post-graduate Coursework in Latin American Studies | University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS | 2007

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies, with honors | University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS | 2006

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