A librarian without a library is still a librarian - right? I think so!
Currently, I am the Program Officer for the Lumpkin Family Foundation in Mattoon, Illinois. Most of my job involves overseeing grant programs, convening nonprofits in our community, and evaluation. It's really a lot like being a librarian!
In the past, I have worked in actual libraries and know the positive impact a strategically-focused library can have in a community. I have experience in special and academic libraries, but have spent most of my library career in public library administration in central Illinois. Public libraries are important community centers that should strive to meet the needs of all of their patrons, whether that is through materials, technology access, or educational programming. Most of all, the public library should be a fun and engaging place to visit! I visit my public library every day!
In addition, I work as a consultant helping libraries and nonprofits develop strategic plans that will turn their ideas into action. A strong strategic plan is the foundation for organizational growth and development. Many organizations go through a strategic planning process and then put the final document on the shelf. I help organizations operationalize their plans, measure their success, and morph into learning organizations. In addition, I assist organizations with grant research and writing.