Children’s and Young Adult Reviewer
Write concise, descriptive and evaluative reviews of picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade and YA fiction and nonfiction.
Michael E. Smith Middle School
South Hadley, MA
In collaboration with the permanent librarian, I manage the school library program. I teach students in grades five through eight how to use the library, the library catalog, and the online databases; I collaborate with classroom teachers on subject-specific lessons. I maintain a high-quality, current collection that supports students’ educational and pleasure reading needs by purchasing, processing, promoting, and withdrawing books and other items. I refresh displays throughout the library regularly, promoting new, relevant, diverse materials, and I create and update themed booklists. I contribute to the monthly school newsletter for the school community. The GSA uses the library space one morning a week, and I strive to make the library a welcoming environment for all.
February 2021-September 2021
At the main information desk, I helped patrons retrieve items on hold, check out books, register for appointments. I answered any questions about library programs, services, materials, and policies in person and over the phone.
School Library Journal
Write concise, descriptive and evaluative reviews of picture books, early readers, chapter books, graphic novels, middle grade and YA fiction and nonfiction. Write the occasional feature piece (e.g. fantastical creatures, February 2022).
Winchester Public Library
Information Services Librarian, Children’s Services Librarian
January 2018-November 2020
I assisted patrons of all ages with all types of questions at the adult and children’s reference desks, from readers’ advisory to technology. I created displays, read-alike resources, and contributed to the library’s social media. I did summer storytimes for all ages, and “Step Into Storytime” once a week (Sept-May) for 2- to 3-year-olds.
Circulating Art Prints Coordinator, part-time
March 2018-July 2020
Robbins has a unique circulating art print collection: patrons can check out framed prints for six weeks at a time. As the art print coordinator, I select and process new prints, decide whether to repair or withdraw damaged prints, and maintain a finding aid in print and online, handle donated prints. When selecting new prints, I aim to add diverse subjects and styles, as well as local artists’ work.
Little Fox Shop
Social Media Volunteer, Shop Volunteer
January 2016-May 2018
The Little Fox Children’s Resale Shop is a non-profit, the proceeds of which benefit the Fox Branch Library. I did an initial assessment of the content and information architecture of the Little Fox Shop website, and made time-sensitive updates to the site at the request of the store managers using the Squarespace CMS. I also helped in the shop, processing donations of clothes, puzzles, books, and toys.
Adult Services Librarian
May 2012-December 2017
At Robbins, I was responsible for several collection development areas, including (at various times) adult fiction, paperbacks, periodicals, adult fiction audiobooks, speed reads, TV series, and digital content. In addition to maintaining those sections of the library, I helped patrons at the reference desk, led the library Staff Picks Book Group on a rotating basis, wrote for the library blog and the Arlington Advocate, organized programs, and designed displays. I served as the co-chair of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN) Digital Content Working Group, which is responsible for purchasing digital content for the consortium, and the chair of the MLN Teaching Technology Interest Group; I was also a member of the the MLA Intellectual Freedom Committee and Social Responsibilities Round Table, and a NELA conference blogger. I participated in the MetroWest Program Planners Group and started a cookbook club.
Wilmington Memorial Library
Adult Services Librarian
November 2011-May 2012
As an Adult Services Librarian at the only public library in Wilmington, I assisted patrons at the Information Desk, providing friendly help with placing and locating holds through Evergreen, the Virtual Catalog, and BPL Illiad; reserving museum passes and event registrations; and assisting with e-readers and other technology needs. I also taught technology workshops and weekly one-on-one computer basics classes. As a reader’s advisory service, I maintained displays throughout the library, including “hot titles” and new fiction and non-fiction. I also spent time working at the circulation desk, and on collection development and local history projects.
Eat Your Books
December 2011-February 2012
The Eat Your Books website allows anyone to re-create their home cookbook collection online and search for recipes across all their books at once. I entered cookbook data (recipe names and ingredients) into EYB to make those books’ recipes searchable.
Simmons College, GSLIS Curriculum and Communications
May 2011-December 2011
In the office of Curriculum and Communications (C+C), I do independent, project-based work, as well as work with other student workers and C+C staff. I communicate with other staff and keep track of tasks using Basecamp software. I enter data for student course evaluations; update and rewrite brochure content; assemble orientation packets; update the GSLIS publication InfoLink using Dreamweaver; and update GSLIS website content using Red Dot.
America’s Test Kitchen
October 2010-March 2012
As the library intern for ATK’s collection of nearly 4,000 cookbooks, I organize and alphabetize books on the shelves, catalog and shelve new additions to the library, reshelve used books, weed as necessary, keep a circulation record, and maintain the catalog with FileMaker Pro and LibraryThing. I also keep staff apprised of new books and other library news, monitor food blogs, and create weekly displays to highlight unique parts of the collection.
Simmons College, GSLIS Continuing Education
Student Worker (temporary)
I migrated data from SurveyMonkey to a wiki for students in the GSLIS internship course (LIS-501). I organized and posted the information provided about available internships on the wiki.
M.I.T. Department of Anthropology
March 2011-August 2011
I catalogued part of Professor Susan Silbey’s large personal collection of sociology texts, in order to increase ease of use within the collection. I designed a Library of Congress-based cataloging system suited to the user’s needs and to the collection itself, and entered books into an Excel spreadsheet containing the LC classification, author last name, and ISBN (for easy upload to LibraryThing at a later date). Each book received a color-coded sticker with the first three letters of the author’s last name to maintain shelf organization.
LJK Literary Management
New York, NY
August 2007-April 2010
As an assistant to two senior literary agents, I proofread submission letters to editors, read and evaluated manuscripts, prepared materials for book fairs, and vetted author-publisher contracts. I was also responsible for keeping track of payments to authors, using our Book Accounting and Information Tracking System (BAITS), in addition to a number of other administrative tasks. I communicated frequently with authors and editors; updated the company website using Dreamweaver; and interviewed and trained interns.
Linda Roghaar Literary Agency
During the January term my senior year of college, I researched a number of different self-publishing opportunities and platforms available online for authors, and compiled a report to contribute to the White River Press business plan.
Hampshire College Residential Life
Residential Life Intern
September 2004-May 2007
As part of the ResLife staff, I lived and worked with resident students in every year of study, first in the dorms, then in the on-campus apartments (mods). In providing a link to resources and offices on campus, I served as a resource, especially for first-year students. Together with the ResLife staff, I conceived, advertised, and ran social and educational programs, and coordinated with other student organizations and offices on campus. I attended weekly staff meetings and worked in the house office; wrote and distributed weekly informational and entertaining publications; and led informational meetings for residents at the beginning and end of each semester.
Santa Rosa, CA
Throughout the summer, I worked with a co-counselor with four different groups of fourth through sixth grade girls in two-week sessions. For twenty-three hours a day, I provided care, settled disputes, soothed fears and bouts of homesickness, and encouraged fun and learning. My co-counselor and I kept our group on schedule, arriving to meals and activities on time, and devised games to keep the campers occupied while waiting for other groups and during free time.