This year, I'm celebrating 20 years working in the library profession. I graduated from Simmons College with a Masters in Library and Information Science in 2000. In 2016, I joined the Massachusetts Library System Consulting & Training Services Team. I'm passionate about advocating for libraries by offering professional development programs, facilitating strategic planning, and publicizing the excellent services and programs offered at libraries in Massachusetts.
I love spreading word about all the outstanding resources, programs, and services provided by our membership. To do this, I publish the MLS Community Engagement Blog. If you have a success story and would like to be interviewed for the blog, please reach out to me.
I consider strategic planning as a vital part of ensuring a successful future. MLS provides strategic planning consultation for all types of libraries: public, academic, school, and special. I'm available to consult on organizing your process; to facilitate community forums; and to review community surveys, goals and objectives, and a draft of your strategic plan.
I present workshops for Massachusetts Library System members on topics including grant writing, community engagement, mental health, effective meetings, survey development, civic engagement, and more. I represent MLS on statewide partnerships with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the Elliot Services PATH (Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness), and Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW). With a background in social work as well as librarianship, I'm professionally interested in how libraries can contribute to wellness, public health, and social justice. My personal interests include performing the piano and viola, swimming, tennis, meditation, and gardening.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 357-2121 x 305. I hope to hear from you!