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Member of the Month
Executive Director, Alpine Public Library
I am enjoying an encore career as a nonprofit library director. I was previously a geologist for the State of Alaska working on North Slope petroleum exploration mapping projects. My husband and I moved to Alpine in 2008 and I became APL ED in 2009. My grant writing and program management experience were useful in getting APL moved into a newly constructed building after a long and successful capital campaign. In preparation for running a 501(c)(3) organization, I participated in the Leadership Big Bend class of 2010. I also participated in the Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship for librarians seeking to innovate their services for mid-life adults. This experience taught me a lot about perceptions, expectations, and the future of library services for our growing numbers of adult patrons. We also attended month-long courses in volunteer engagement, community assessment and engagement, strategic facilitation, and partnerships – skills we use every day. I always try to learn new things from everyone I work or partner with.
Innovative library practices
The technology isn’t mind-boggling, but I think that eBook kiosks and vending machines could make a huge impact on patron services in the future, particularly in very rural areas like Far West Texas. The prospect of bringing library services to the remote nooks and crannies of Texas is exciting to me, and I look forward to an eventual reduction in hardware and content costs associated with this business model.
Favorite literary character or book
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob DeZoet by David Mitchell is a masterpiece, bordering on poetry for me. Mitchell’s use of language structures and his manipulation of time made it extraordinary – I don’t see too many authors with his level of expertise. I’m now working my way through Jim Crace’s body of work.
Most memorable TLA experience
When APL Friends members were asked to give a TLA webinar on fundraising and running a library bookstore – I am so proud of our Friends!
Created on Nov 1, 2011 | Last updated April 01, 2014