Library Aide


Last Updated: 21st December 2020 (about 1 year ago)

Address
United Kingdom

E-mail
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Phone Number
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Gender
Female

Age Range
18 to 24

Qualification Level
Masters

Languages
English, French

Summary

I am dedicated to the importance of building welcoming, friendly libraries in the community and fostering a love of reading. Most fresh college graduates are not able to say that they have twelve years of library experience behind them—but I hold my history with pride. My love for libraries sprouted when I was in sixth grade and met the librarian who changed my life. Ever since that fall semester, my life has been a carousel of shelving, reader’s advisory, book clubs, and an eternally growing to-read list. I went from volunteering for an hour every day in middle school to volunteering an hour every day in high school, and my library ambitions have only expanded since then.
I spent the last four years working various jobs at my university library, where I started as a circulation desk worker and soon became the Desk Supervisor, ending with my favorite position as Collections Supervisor. I found things I loved in each of these positions, but what I loved most was ordering new children’s books and helping my ESL students find fun young adult reads. Working with teens and tweens has always given me the most joy. I believe this is the perfect age to transform a child’s reading experience. At such an impressionable age, these kids are curious and passionate and full of potential to be the next generation of great readers.
Last summer I was gifted the opportunity to intern at Thomas Ford Memorial Library, where I worked in the Teen and Tween program. My duties went far beyond recommending or displaying books—I interacted with the patrons to organize weekly crafts, ongoing programs, and form relationships that would keep them wanting to come back to the library. It was my first time working in a public library, and although I missed a lot of the consistency of seeing returning students, the experience expanded my idea of what services and entertainment a library could provide for a growing child.
As I pursue my Masters of Library and Information Science, I am ready to dive headfirst back into the school setting, where I feel I can make the most difference and be the greatest librarian I can be. I am especially enthusiastic to have the opportunity to work at a school in Beijing—a city where I was first exposed to the rich culture of China as a English teacher at Beijing Polytechnic University. Touching base with these roots would be a special treat as I pursue my goal of working in a school library.

Experience

Lowell Elementary School
Library Aide

   Oct 2020
— Current

• Kept students, staff, and library materials safe during the COVID-19 pandemic
• Checked in, checked out, and renewed library materials using the program Destiny
• Sorted and shelved library materials
• Located requested books on the shelves and delivered them to students in their classrooms
• Answered patrons’ questions at the circulation desk
• Designed and delivered weekly book request forms for kindergarteners and first graders
• Worked one-on-one with special needs students to determine reading materials best suited for them
• Processed online book requests from virtual academy students
• Repaired old or damaged books
• Investigated and found missing library materials
• Hand-selected reading material for students based on their requested topics
• Aided in classroom presentations about finding trustworthy information sources online
• Created themed and seasonal lists of reading materials

Lowell Elementary School
Library Aide

   Oct 2020
— Current

• Kept students, staff, and library materials safe during the COVID-19 pandemic
• Checked in, checked out, and renewed library materials using the program Destiny
• Sorted and shelved library materials
• Located requested books on the shelves and delivered them to students in their classrooms
• Answered patrons’ questions at the circulation desk
• Designed and delivered weekly book request forms for kindergarteners and first graders
• Worked one-on-one with special needs students to determine reading materials best suited for them
• Processed online book requests from virtual academy students
• Repaired old or damaged books
• Investigated and found missing library materials
• Hand-selected reading material for students based on their requested topics
• Aided in classroom presentations about finding trustworthy information sources online
• Created themed and seasonal lists of reading materials

Lowell Elementary School
Library Aide

   Oct 2020
— Current

• Kept students, staff, and library materials safe during the COVID-19 pandemic
• Checked in, checked out, and renewed library materials using the program Destiny
• Sorted and shelved library materials
• Located requested books on the shelves and delivered them to students in their classrooms
• Answered patrons’ questions at the circulation desk
• Designed and delivered weekly book request forms for kindergarteners and first graders
• Worked one-on-one with special needs students to determine reading materials best suited for them
• Processed online book requests from virtual academy students
• Repaired old or damaged books
• Investigated and found missing library materials
• Hand-selected reading material for students based on their requested topics
• Aided in classroom presentations about finding trustworthy information sources online
• Created themed and seasonal lists of reading materials

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