My Experience

I concluded my 30-year career as a a public library administrator  in Canada and the United States in April 2017. Over the past 10 years, I have also led faith-based retreats, provided career guidance for LIS (Library & Information Studies) professionals, and taught library management studies at the graduate level.

I began my public library career as a shelver in high school at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library System in Ontario, Canada.  I know libraries from the ground up and am skilled in process improvement facilitation.  Throughout my undergraduate studies at Brock University, my predilection for compiling annotated research bibliographies in many disciplines was surely a precursor to my library career!

It is the multidisciplinary nature of my interests that makes me a natural both for my library career and for consulting opportunities. I am a generalist at heart, widely read and fully engaged. As a result, anything I have learned at any time or anywhere comes into play in my work with customers and clients.

My Education

I obtained my library science graduate degree from the University of Toronto’s iSchool and have supplemented that graduate education with several fund raising courses from Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy, and many professional workshops and courses.  I was honored to be selected for San Jose State University’s world-wide pilot professional development course called The Hyperlinked Library MOOC.  I am certified at the LC1 level by the Indiana State Library and accredited by the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

In the faith based context, I am a graduate of the University of the South’s 4-year lay ministry program called Education for Ministry (EfM).

While my library career has focused on administration, I have done stints in interlibrary loan, technical services, youth services and outreach services.  I began my professional career using a teletype machine located in a broom closet to do interlibrary loans at the Dundas Public Library!  I then moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta where I was the Head Librarian for a community of 20,000.  In order to assess my potential for success in a larger environment, I next worked in Canada’s largest library system, Toronto Public Libraries, where I was the southwest director overseeing a district library and 5 branches in what was then Scarborough, Ontario.  Most recently, I have held a series of progressively responsible positions at the Tippecanoe County Public Library in Lafayette, Indiana.

PROJECT INTERESTS

  • Keynoter/designer for staff enrichment
  • Interim Executive Directorships
  • Fund Raising Projects

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIPS

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Citizen Participation Models
  • Information Search Strategies & Curation
  • Performance Measures
  • Personal Learning Networks
  • Reflective Practice
  • User Experience Design
  • Work Improvement Models

*As a member of ASCLA, (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies), I abide by the ASCLA Library Consultant’s Code of Ethics. I also abide by AFP’s Code of Ethical Practices for Fund Raising.

Amy & Ted at the Mediterranean Sea

Amy & Ted at the Mediterranean Sea

My passion is helping community-based organizations develop a user-driven vision followed by evidence-based practice.  Another way I help build community is to foster individual personal and professional growth through coaching and group retreats in various settings.

I am an avid traveler, reader, canoeist, and yoga student.  My family includes Ted, a theatrical rigging sales person, who passed away in August 2017, and two fine young men, one a music educator, and the other a software developer with Flair.

You may request my full resume through my contact page.

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