Describe your educational background? 
I received my MLIS from Valdosta State University in 2013 with a self-made focus on community outreach in public libraries. I also have a BA in English and a BA in Theatre from Shorter College.

 

What inspired you to pursue a career in the library? 
After undergrad, I did a year in AmeriCorps with City Year Los Angeles as an in-class tutor and after school coordinator at 112th Street Elementary School in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Doing that work, I realized that I wanted to help people with my career. When I got back to Georgia, my local public library manager pulled me out of line one day to encourage me to apply for a library job. After being there a few weeks, I was hooked. I started library school a few months later. I believe that libraries are a ubiquitous resource that have more positive potential for community assistance than almost anything else, and they are everywhere. That’s why I pursued work inside of the library world.

 

How would you describe your position to others? 
My job is to enable the staff of the Peachtree Corners branch to unlock their full potential to serve the customers in our area. It’s my job to help people overcome obstacles so that they can provide the best possible library experience to Gwinnett County. On top of that, I serve as a conduit between HQ and the branch, making sure that all of the fantastic system initiatives we have are carried out.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job at GCPL? 
Well, I’ve only been here a week, but I have got to say that I have absolutely adored working with the people here. Everyone is so passionate and caring, and they are truly a phenomenal group that I look forward to getting to know more over the coming months and years.

 

What is your all time favorite book? 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

 

What are 3 things you enjoy doing outside of work? 
Cooking Italian food, biking on trails, and volunteering

 

What is something exciting about you that most people don’t know? 
I know how to eat fire.