As I grow as a librarian I find myself looking up to other librarians – either at my own work or within the larger library world. When I first started working in public libraries, I was part of the Youth Services department. I learned so much that shaped my practices and philosophy of librarianship today.
Today’s librarian role model is – Amy Koester.
I discovered Amy Koester while looking for easy and fun STEM program ideas. Her blog, The Show Me Librarian, is a wonderful resource for program ideas and she thoroughly explains larger library initiatives. I keep finding myself coming back to her blog, webinars, and presentations as I look for ideas. Her enthusiasm is inspiring!
A few years ago, she posted about the Reading Spa. It sounded like a heavenly experience and I loved her insights into reader’s advisory gleamed from the reading spa experience – readers often don’t know what kind of reader they are, quality reader’s advisory takes time, and one staffer cannot be an expert on every genre/format. While libraries today are often #morethanbooks, stories are still a main force that drives librarianship.