I am the Youth & Family Program Supervisor at the Skokie Public Library just north of Chicago. I oversee our program calendar for youth from birth through grade 5 and their families, which includes over 50 programs each month. I’m part of a team focusing on methods for capturing program outcomes and telling the library’s story to our community. I hold an MLS from Indiana University (2011) and a BA in English Literature from DePauw University (2009).
I’m a big believer in collaboration and both formal and informal leadership in the library profession. I co-founded Storytime Underground, a grassroots collective of youth librarians who train, support, and advocate for one another. I also helped run Little eLit, a blog and community that led the early charge around youth and new media that is now known as media mentorship. I serve as a board member for the Association for Library Service to Children and the Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois’s Youth Services Section.
I have particular interest in informal STEAM education, developmentally appropriate programming, parent engagement, and outcomes and impact measurement in libraries, and I’ve taught online courses on a number of these topics. I am also passionate about, and always looking to learn more about, diversity in library collections and the profession.
When I’m not librarianing, I’m a big fan of culture podcasts, space opera, and trying new recipes.