Hello everyone - I'm Allison Holbrook and am currently working in Children's Services at the Cecil County Public Library in northeastern Maryland. Although my primary focus is developing and conducting programming and children's reference, I also work with adults and teens. I'm working full-time, which is the primary reason I'm attending KSU as an online student.
I graduated from the University of Miami in Florida in 1999. I've grown up loving my local and school/university libraries and always pictured myself working in the English department of an academic library. Shortly after graduation, I joined the Peace Corps and spent almost 3 years in Mali, West Africa, which considerably increased my passion for service/aid work. I've traveled extensively within the US and internationally and feel a strong responsibility to community development. I've always believed in the proverb "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Providing equal access to information and knowledge is an essential tool for communities to succeed socially, economically, and individually and I feel that libraries are the best way for me to be involved (and I love books of course!). My superhero goal would be to offer library services in developing countries. I'm hoping an MLIS will give me a broad background in public libraries so that I can take this education into many different facets of my work.