Celebrating colleagues with 25 years or more years of ALSC membership
Learning Commons Coordinator and Librarian
St. Christopher’s School
ALSC Membership: 26 years
Where did you attend library school?
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
What was your very first library position?
In high school, I jumped at the chance to leave the mandatory study hall in the hot, smelly cafeteria to volunteer in the library instead. I worked in the College of William & Mary and University of Illinois libraries while I was in school. My first professional position was as a children’s librarian at the District of Columbia Public Library, where I was lucky enough to have the guidance of the inimitable Maria Salvadore, children’s coordinator at the time.
What do you love most about your current job?
I work in an all-boys school where reading is valued. The thing I love most is listening to the students recommend books to each other. Their conversations are heartfelt and hilarious.
What’s your favorite fairy tale?
The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I always loved the idea that those sisters were staying out all night together, having so much fun dancing that they wore out their shoes. It sounded magical and exciting when I was a child, and it still does!
Who is your favorite superhero?
Thor - He has a complicated life.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
After taking my family on a trip, it would be amazing to have the ability to fund something significant in the local community to directly benefit children and literacy.