What I do
My professional life’s work is to figure out what library staff need and get it to them. I adapt to those changes by cultivating flexibility and enthusiasm within myself. As a 16-year consultant in Statewide Library Development, I have a wide-ranging knowledge base.
By leading web teams and training over 300 library staff on web site management, I figured out what works when teaching accessibility. Now, I deliver those skills through engaging online learning. From the data gathered after hundreds of library staff participated in those online experiences, came a read on the national temperature on accessibility. Now, I use that data to show directors how to implement eAccessibility that meets legal requirements and how to scale training to dovetail with the motivators of front line staff and the motivators of site administrators.
In the summer of 2020, I took a second job as Project Coordinator for a Statewide Staff Training Grant in California. Our state’s continuing education coordinator had been reassigned and we needed that expertise on staff. I went and got it.
I deliver by doubling down on awesome in the profession. What’s next?
Library Consultant, Library Development, Library of Michigan, 12/2011 – current
Project Coordinator, California Libraries Learn 8/2020 – 8/2021
Website Administrator, Library of Michigan 5/2006 – 12/2011
Patron Services Coordinator/Studio Director, Braille and Talking Book Library 5/1999 – 5/2006
Publications & Presentations
I am an experienced presenter with regular state, regional, and national appearances. Current topics include implementing scalable accessibility training for library staff, managing up, and instructional design. My articles have appeared in Computers in Libraries, Library Journal, and for Gale/Cengage.
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
B.A. English 05/1994
Honors and awards
- Professional Service Award •• Wayne State University
- Leadership Academy Scholarship •• Michigan Library Association
- American Library Association
- Michigan Library Association
- Michigan Academic Library Association
Love for my community
- English as a Second Language Learning Buddy • Refugee Development Center
- Narrator • Braille and Talking Book Library
- Lansing Host Lions Club