Meet Staff Members of Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries
Job Title: Executive Director
What do you do at the libraries? Leading a community-oriented organization like our library means no two days are alike. In addition to managing our two libraries, there is a lot of coordinating work with other WCCLS libraries. I spend a lot of time looking at community and library needs and looking for the resources to improve services. There is also a lot of troubleshooting and removing obstacles so library staff can do their work.
What’s the best thing about your job? I love our community of residents, staff and volunteers who are always learning new things and trying to improve themselves and their world. The library shares resources and materials that really bring out the best in people.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of the accomplishments of our library staff. Even before the pandemic, they amazed me with their ability to reinvent library services to meet the needs of our local community. When they learned that local students would all be issued Chromebooks a few years ago, they started a project to get library cards to all students. After partnering with Beaverton School District, WCCLS and local libraries every student now has a card!
What library work have you been doing from home during quarantine? Despite the transition to remote work, management continues. Instead of in-person meetings, there are Zoom, Slack, email and phone meetings. We still have to pay bills and monitor budgets. The library board continues to meet regularly. Supervision, training and coaching are ongoing and planning for short and long-term is happening. We are working with other WCCLS libraries to establish how we will safely resume service.
Favorite book? There are so many good ones that it is hard to pick just one. Recent favorites are The Overstory by Richard Powers, City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, There There by Tommy Orange.
Job Title: Development and Communications Specialist
What do you do at the libraries? I oversee marketing and manage our nonprofit fundraising.
What’s the best thing about your job? Being surrounded by people who are so dedicated to serving the public in a progressive and equitable way. Better still, I have the privilege of spreading the word about the amazing work they are doing each and every day for our community.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Helping the libraries connect with the local support that they need and deserve by nurturing relationships in person and through media outlets.
What library work have you been doing from home during quarantine? Like many of my coworkers, I’ve been working even harder since the libraries have been closed! Our mission has pivoted to providing our community with reliable, trusted resources that can help them weather this difficult time. I’m so proud of the way that our staff sprang in to action and have worked tirelessly, directing online visitors to services and using their expertise to find and create valuable content to serve their patrons—all while overcoming the difficulties of working together remotely. I’ve been developing media strategies to present the staff’s new online programs to our community. And helping library supporters renew their association memberships and facilitating their gifts to the libraries. People haven’t stopped giving, which is especially heartwarming right now.
Favorite book? Behave by Robert Sapolsky.
Job Title: Youth Librarian
What do you do at the libraries? I perform storytimes, organize the Summer Reading Program and Oregon Battle of the Books practices at our libraries, select chapter books, graphic novels and audiobooks for elementary age kids, and answer patron’s questions.
What’s the best thing about your job? Interacting with kids and their grown-ups.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Being a librarian on two continents.
What library work have you been doing from home during quarantine? I’ve been filming online storytimes, updating kids’ booklists with e-content, communicating with patrons via email, helping to facilitate early childhood training modules for all staff, continuing professional development, and easing technology-related frustration in the youth department.
Favorite book? The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
Job Title: Library Assistant
What do you do at the libraries? What do you do at the libraries? I work in Circulation, helping people find things and checking items in and out. I also do a lot of social media posting.
What’s the best thing about your job? What’s the best thing about your job? Sharing my love of books with others.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Last year’s Library Halloween Maze – it will be back someday!
What library work have you been doing from home during quarantine? Video creating and editing, social media posting, creating our weekly e-newsletter and taking online library training courses.
Favorite book: I love horror, fantasy and sci-fi.
Job Title: Teen Services Librarian
Describe what you do at the libraries: I answer questions, help people, work with teens, plan events for them and order teen books and graphic novels.
What’s the best thing about your job? Getting to work with our teen council is the highlight.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? What accomplishment are you most proud of? I recruited our first teen council back in 2009 and I’ve been able to work with some amazing teens and tweens over the years, many of whom have chosen book or library careers which has been unexpected and gratifying.
What library work have you been doing from home during quarantine? What library work have you been doing from home during quarantine? I continue to connect with the teen council and staff virtually to plan our summer reading program, brainstorm ideas for events and prepare Oregon Battle of the Books questions. I continue to answer questions through a virtual reference service called Answerland and helped answer book recommendation questions on Facebook. I’ve also recorded a library podcast with our staff where we share good ebooks and videos that you can access with your library card.
Favorite book: Hard to pick one, but The Road by Cormac McCarthy is up there. The King of Attolia by Megan Whelan Turner is my current YA favorite.
Job Title: Youth Services Library Assistant
Describe what you do at the libraries: I design the bulletin boards in the children’s area, manage the circulation of new books and children’s collections, assist with storytimes, compile monthly statistics, run the library’s safety committee, and basically just whatever jobs pop up in Youth Services – I’m always running around all over the library!
What’s the best thing about your job? The range of things I get to do: the face-to-face work of welcoming families to storytimes to working behind the scenes on numerous things that keep the library up and running. My workday never looks the same!
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Remembering the names of so many kids who attend storytime! I see roughly 150 kids every week, so remembering names is quite a feat….but I love seeing their faces light up when I remember their name.
What library work have you been doing from home during quarantine? Assisting with online storytimes as tech support and moderator, compiling lots of statistics from our different social media platforms, refreshing my reference and reader’s advisory skills through various professional development channels, along with OBOB and summer reading prep.
Favorite book: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
Job Title: Youth Librarian
What do you do at the libraries? I work with kids and families doing storytimes and other programs, manage youth content on the website, write blogs, help create social media content, manage kids movie, music and toddler collections for both locations and more.
What’s the best thing about your job? Connecting with kids and families and sharing my love of stories.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? My contribution in getting kids excited about/develop a love for books and learning.
What library work have you been doing from home during quarantine? I’ve been updating our website, creating blog posts and other content, doing online storytimes, planning online programs, professional training, helping with online readers advisory, and more!
Job Title: Library Assistant
What do you do at the libraries? I’m a jack of all trades at Bethany Library; I help people at the desk, check out and check in library items, create booklists, plan and lead a weekly storytime, and manage and select materials for the adult DVD and Blu-ray collections.
What’s the best thing about your job? What’s the best thing about your job? Helping people and my awesome co-workers!
What accomplishment are you most proud of? I’m most proud of completing my Master’s degree in Library & Information Science in 2016 and starting as an on-call circulation assistant at Cedar Mill Library in 2011 and working my way up in this great library organization to where I am now.
What library work have you been doing from home during quarantine? I have been doing a lot of professional training online, planning and recording storytimes, creating e-content booklists, and adding tags to our catalog for our board games.
Favorite book: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden was one of the best books I ever had the pleasure to read. Too bad he has never written anything else!