Energetic, creative, and efficient Librarian compelled to connect patrons of all ages with relevant knowledge resources and services. Experienced provider of professional reference and reader’s advisory services in fast-paced environment. Experience and training in developing/managing collections. Experience with developing, implementing, and evaluating services and programs for children, teens and adults. Diversified service experience among underserved communities including youth outreach and literacy support. Advanced knowledge of classic and contemporary literature. Experience with creating, developing, and managing projects to promote collections. Knowledge of HTML, XML, Access, CARL, and Millennium. Training and experience with Dewey, LC, MARC, and MODS. Mastery of MS Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite programs. Engaged collaborator and change navigator.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Master of Science in Information, December 2012
MILLS COLLEGE, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
Master of Fine Arts in English and Creative Writing, May 2007
BROOKLYN COLLEGE, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film Production, June 2000
TEEN & ADULT SERVICES LIBRARIAN, MENDOCINO COUNTY LIBRARIES, UKIAH BRANCH UKIAH CA 6/14-PRESENT
Created, developed, and implemented programming and services for teen and adult patrons. Provided professional reference and reader’s advisory services to all library patrons. Managed all aspects of teen services. Created & presented budget proposals at Friends meetings to seek funding for programming. Created & managed all public relations, marketing & outreach for teen events, including outreach to schools and local organizations. Collection development and maintenance of YA and poetry collections. Wrote grant proposals to secure funding for augmenting teen programming and collections. Served on poetry and haiku committees as library representative. Active member of Leadership committee.
FOUNDER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR, POETRY CENTER CHAPBOOK EXCHANGE, SF STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN FRANCISCO CA 9/12-PRESENT
Created, developed, and managed an open-access chapbook exchange and digital repository to house emerging print poetry chapbook collections as an extension of the Poetry Center’s archives. Facilitated resource access and assisted contributors with creative and IT-based queries. Performed outreach to diverse poetry communities of practice to both solicit work from contributors and promote collections. Presented two talks on this project and discussed ways to use crowdsourcing and community curation to promote collections at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) 2013 & 2014 conferences in Boston and Seattle. A paper chronicling the project was published in the fall issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL).
GUEST INSTRUCTOR, REDWOOD ACADEMY, UKIAH CA MAY 2016
Created lesson plans & built a week-long creative writing curriculum using various poetry techniques and exercises. Taught 9th and 10th grade students.
BOOKKEEPER/DATA MANAGER, THE KENWOOD GROUP, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 6/06-2/07, 5/08 – 6/14
Provided resource access to vendors, freelancers, and production teams in fast-paced environment. Queried and designed tables in Access database. Coded, tracked and managed flow of company credit card information in Access. Created and implemented invoice file-naming system to maximize findability and efficiency. Accountable for weekly processing of A/P check run averaging $350,000. Strategic planning for change. Evaluated outcomes and created team goals.
LIBRARY ASSISTANT, MILL VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY, MILL VALLEY, CA 5/12 – 9/12
Provided professional reference and reader’s advisory services to children, teens, parents, educators and other patrons in busy children’s library. Oriented new library users and photographed them for library cards. Facilitated summer reading program. Collaborated with colleagues and management to create personalized reading lists for school age and tween patrons. Performed story-times for toddler, preschool, and school-aged children. Processed holds and circulation requests using Millennium.
DIGITAL ARCHIVIST INTERN, POETRY CENTER AND AMERICAN POETRY ARCHIVE, SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 1/12 – 7/12
Created original cataloging for live and recorded Poetry Center events. Converted cataloging records to XML and uploaded to website backend. Obtained permissions from performing artists for archived works to be digitized.
LIBRARY AIDE VOLUNTEER, CONTRA COSTA PUBLIC LIBRARY, KENSINGTON, CA 2/11 – 2/12
Team-oriented customer service. Saved library patrons time and energy by finding requested items quickly and efficiently. Expert shelf reader and efficient shelver. Experience with Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress cataloging systems. Processed circulation requests using CARL.
POETRY WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR, POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE, CCSF SAN FRANCISCO, CA 1/05 – 6/05
Co-created and co-taught poetry workshops at Balboa High School. Developed pedagogical strategies and lesson plans. Organized student poetry readings and selected student work for publication.
TEACHING ASSISTANT, BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL, CCSF SAN FRANCISCO, CA 1/05 – 6/05
Provided information and media literacy support to teens by aiding and assisting students in accessing and navigating the Internet. Worked with diversified groups of students in both honors English classes and ROOTS program. Graded papers and assisted students privately with class assignments.
POET LAUREATE COMMITTEE OF UKIAH, UKIAH, CA 6/14-PRESENT
Represented Mendocino County Library as a planning & organizational committee member among current & former Poets Laureate of Mendocino County. Participated in judging annual ukiahaiku festival.
STORY-TIME AND CLASSROOM ASSISTANT, ALBANY PRESCHOOL ALBANY, CA 9/11-6/12
Monthly story-time readings with 2-5 year olds. Increased children’s awareness of school and public library resources. Engaged children by compiling a book list of their favorites and selecting a new one to be read each month.
STORY-TIME AND OUTREACH ASSISTANT, RAISING A READER OAKLAND, CA 10/10
Performed readings of popular children’s titles to children and families at Brookfield Family Literacy Night. Assisted Program Associate and Executive Director in setting up and breaking down event.
TEACHING ASSISTANT, CESAR CHAVEZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SAN FRANCISCO, CA 9/04 – 6/05
Worked with Mr. Wong to actively engage his kindergarten class in group activities including painting, drawing, and story time. Provided safe space for students to address classmate concerns.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Book-to-Action grant, California Center for the Book 2018
Teen Tech Week grant, YALSA 2015
Dierks-Morgan Scholarship, San Jose State University 2011
Graduate Equity Fellowship, San Jose State University 2010
Full Graduate Assistantship, the Place for Writers, Mills College 2006-2007
Alumnae Scholarship, Mills College 2005-2006
Graduate Research Opportunity Program Award, Mills College 2005
Winner of Citywide Spelling Bee (1984)