Hello, fellow library history enthusiasts! Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to LHRT News and Notes. A special thanks to Brett for kicking off our introductions. I am thrilled to be part of this fantastic group!
I was excited to find the LHRT while renewing my ALA membership this year. What excites me about the LHRT is the opportunity to learn from library historians and scholars who work to preserve the collective memory of our profession and to celebrate librarians who work to create positive change in their communities. As a volunteer LHRT News and Notes editor and contributor, I’ll manage the LHRT Twitter account (coming soon) and work on updating the blog’s appearance and organizational structure. I’m looking forward to reading and publishing submissions from library school students, librarians, and scholars who are passionate about the history of our cherished institutions.
I am currently a librarian at the Decker branch of the Denver Public Library, a position I’ve held since 2013. Decker is a Carnegie library (we turn 106 this year), so I actually get to work inside a piece of library history every day! Prior to my work at DPL, I worked for the Colorado Supreme Court Library and the Penrose Library at the University of Denver. I received my MLIS from the University of Denver in 2011 and fell in love with public library work while volunteering after library school. My favorite part about working in public libraries is the opportunity to serve people from all walks of life, especially children and families. As a branch librarian, I get to do a little bit of everything: storytime, manage budgets, work the reference desk, and plan our summer programming. I feel very fortunate to be part of this library community.
My professional interests include historical children’s literature, picture book art, public library management, and of course, library history. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, running, cooking, and visiting libraries of all kinds.