Sarah Donnelly is the Project & Event Manager for the Massachusetts Library System and a proud member of the SET Crew. Sarah has spent her entire professional career in the nonprofit sector, working at first in direct care roles and later in organizational development. Previous roles have found her in the fields of social services, education, and health care. As a development professional, Sarah discovered her love for event planning, and the rest is history. She is delighted to bring her experience to MLS.
In her spare time, Sarah is the Head Coach for the Natick High School Speech & Debate Team. She enjoys mentoring youth and helping them to develop strong communication skills. An active volunteer for the activity of Speech & Debate, Sarah serves on many boards and committees. She is also the Event Manager for the National Speech & Debate Championship and a Speaker Coach for TEDxNatick, among other appointments. Sarah majored in Speech Communications & Theater at Boston College.
Amanda Fauver is a Project Manager for the Massachusetts Library System. She joined MLS in May 2011 and during that time has worked with the Consultant team in a variety of roles. Prior to taking on the position of project manager Amanda served as the organizations delivery coordinator and then as its event coordinator.
Before joining MLS Amanda worked at the Topsfield Town Library as the Assistant to the Head of Circulation where she participated in the creation of Topsfields first ever Community Read "A Book Grows in Topsfield", which in 2011 received recognition for Best in Show from the Massachusetts Library Associations Public Relations committee.
Amanda recently completed her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at Suffolk University. She also has a BA in English (with an emphasis on British Literature) and Journalism from the University of New Hampshire.
I am a Consultant at the Massachusetts Library System. I love working with librarians across the state on issues that affect the young people they serve. Previously, I worked with Massachusetts libraries at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners on grant projects, supporting library stakeholders, and providing reference services regarding various library issues. I’ve also taught Children's Literature and Media at Simmons College, SLIS, and have reviewed youth materials for Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book Guide.
I am a Consultant for the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), where I provide consultation and continuing education on a range of issues for libraries of all types throughout the state. I am also working on some instructional design ideas behind the scenes to beef up our elearning!
I have a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College in Boston, MA, where I also served as both Career Resource Librarian and Information Literacy Librarian. More recently, before joining the staff at MLS, I was Head of Reference and Information Literacy Services at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Although I have a strong background in academic libraries, I believe that the library field is too siloed by type, and our patrons would benefit if we learn to work together more! I try to keep that in mind with the work I do at MLS.
My professional interests include library teaching and learning, as well as library workforce, career, and professional development issues. Regardless of the setting, my professional goal is to empower people with the resources they need to meet their goals. Outside the library world, I enjoy hiking, travel, ice cream, and reading road trip memoirs. I have two cats, Necklace Cat and Football Cat. (Not their real names. OK, mostly their real names at this point...)