Jennifer Velasquez, SLIS Lecturer and Coordinator of Teen Services for the San Antonio Public Library, has a straightforward approach to providing youth services: focus on the teens, not the titles.
Student Gabrielle Doyle’s presentation at the 2011 Alberta Library Conference was inspired by a SLIS course paper she wrote on managing and supporting teen employees.
Doctoral student Cheryl Stenström has served in leadership positions in several public libraries, most recently as the Chief Librarian and CEO of the South Shore Public Libraries in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her experience managing library budgets prompted her current doctoral research in the San Jose Gateway PhD program, which will examine how and why elected officials and their senior civil servants make decisions, using public library funding as a case study.
Student Antonia Krupicka-Smith is contributing her knowledge of youth development and teen culture to a grant-funded study on public library spaces for young adults.
Student Chelsie Harris worked as a paraprofessional at the San Diego County Library before completing an internship there last summer – gaining the experience and professional connections she needed to land a permanent position at the library in September. Harris is preparing to graduate in Spring 2011 and now works full-time in the library’s community relations department.