Although I didn’t go to library school until I was in my mid-40s, the early signs of my future were evident. As a child, I read voraciously and loved my regular visits to the local Carnegie library; as a teenager, as if in preparation for future studies in cataloging, I indexed my entire collection of Rolling Stone magazines.
After college, I landed in the world of nonprofits, managing cultural events, grant programs and/or public relations for organizations such as Oregon Humanities, Portland Arts & Lectures and the Oregon Community Foundation. From those efforts followed satisfying work with nonprofit clients as a marketing and fundraising consultant. My first foray into the world of libraries was as a volunteer, leading the Friends of the Multnomah County Library, joining the founding board of The Library Foundation, and getting involved in library advocacy work on a statewide and national level. In 2001, I became Multnomah County Library’s Marketing and Communications Manager, where my portfolio over eight years included overseeing the library’s public relations, website and system-wide programming.
After receiving my Executive MLIS from San Jose State University, I became the director of the Canby Public Library, a small town library with a history of limited visibility, services and funding. In my four years in Canby, I transformed the library’s relationship to its community by comprehensively improving services, developing an active and effective advocacy network, and raising over $562,000 in competitive grant funds to support and improve library services, facilities and programs.
In late 2013, I left Canby for the opportunity to work with a variety of library clients, blending my expertise in marketing, advocacy, fundraising and organizational development into a new chapter of my life in libraries. Thus far, I've worked with over 35 clients in seven states (visit Projects for more details).
Recent professional development efforts include the first-ever Research Institute for Public Libraries and facilities planning training with noted California library consultant Kathryn Page, whose methodology has informed the development of over 150 library projects in the U.S.
For more specifics about my professional background, visit my LinkedIn profile.