After receiving my BS in Mathematics at Purdue University and my MLS at Indiana University in Indianapolis, I moved to Connecticut to become the first Teen Services Librarian at the New Canaan (CT) library. For two and a half years, I built the teen services program there, working to give teens in the community a place to dig deeply into their interests, connect with others, and grow into their future selves. A patron once described my job as being “in charge of having fun,” and I took that responsibility seriously.
In early 2013, I accepted a position as the head of Teen Services at the Bronx Library Center (a branch of the New York Public Library), where I’m focusing on building community, giving teens new opportunities, and facilitating my staff members’ growth. This is my first supervisory position, and I still have a lot to learn.
In 2013 I received the YALSA Volunteer of the Year Award and the YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award.
Beyond teen services and urban librarianship, I’m interested in how we bridge young people from children’s services to teen services and from teen services to adult services, the role the library can play in the larger community, the transfer and loss of institutional knowledge, and in teen services librarians’ professional development.