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Megan Emery

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www.meganfemery.com, https://thehealinglibrary.wixsite.com/website

Work experience

Chattanooga Public Library 11/2013 — 2/2019

Experience Designer & Coordinator
Tween/Teen Programming:
  • Design & facilitate multiple innovative and unique programs for ages 8-18 per week
  • Contribute to and manage social media presence for The 2nd Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library
  • Write content for Chattanooga Public Library's website
  • Assist with all day to day desk duties for the Tween & Teen Department
  • Facilitate community partnerships
  • Nurture relationships with patrons of all ages to better understand their requests and needs
  • Assist with Collection Development
  • Participate in Community Outreach to extend the reach of CPL's mission
4th Floor Programming:
  • Connect with maker community to introduce unique partnerships
  • Work closely with Etsy community both locally and nationally to bring business and creative growth to local makers
  • Facilitate volunteer relationships within the maker community that educate and reflect Chattanooga's unique maker culture
  • Train staff to create and facilitate maker workshops and classes ranging from industrial arts to innovative technology experiences

Lewiston Public Library 8/2011 — 10/2013

Children's Technician
  • Created and facilitated unique and innovative programming for ages 0-13
  • Acted as a community coordinator to build fruitful partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits 
  • Built meaningful relationships with children and families
  • Managed Children’s Department’s Facebook page & activities blog
  • Created all marketing materials for Children’s Department - calendars, posters, flyers, book displays, T-Shirts, guerilla
  • Assisted with all operations of the Children’s Desk
  • Managed a successful volunteer program for kids, teens, and adults 
  • Fostered a love of reading, books and information in children of all ages

The Maine Commission for Community Service & the United Way of Greater Portland 8/2010 — 8/2011

Volunteer Management Educator - AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Taught Volunteer Management to nonprofits in 3 counties
  • Managed maintenance of the website VolunteerMaine.org for over 300 nonprofit agencies
  • Educated Volunteer Managers in how to sign up and use VolunteerMaine.org through workshops, in person trainings, and a series of videos

Fletcher Memorial Library 1/2006 — 8/2010

Director of Youth Services
  • Oversaw all day to day operations of Childrens Department
  • Successfully created volunteer program for kids & teens
  • Handled all collection development and purchasing
  • Created video game programming and collection for kids ages 3-18
  • Cataloged all new materials
  • Created and facilitated out of the box programming for ages 0-18
  • Acted as fill-in for Director when necessary
  • Successfully completed fundraising and grant writing totaling just under $20,000

Speaking Appearances

  • Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff Webinar: Learning Experiences - YALSA Webinar - 2018
  • The Healing Library - CLRC Webinar - 2017
  • The Healing Library - InfoPeople Webinar - 2017
  • Create a Volunteer program They Can't Resist - YALSA YA Symposium - 2017
  • The Healing Library - New England Library Association - 2017
  • Cooking Up Programs Teen & Tweens Will Love - New England Library Association - 2017
  • Let's Code Together & Coding Series Overview - Library Journal Magazine - 2017
  • 5 time Lead the Change teacher - Library Journal Magazine online webinar courses on Diversity & InclusionCreating Maker Spaces and Coding in Libraries - 2015-2019
  • Always Moving Forward: Library OnConference - 2016
  • Circulating Ideas podcast - Episodes 50, 90, & 94, 122
  • Librarians: We're All Drag Queens at Heart (PLA Sparktalk) - Public Library Association Conference - 2016
  • Create It at Your Library: Developing Hands On Learning Experiences for Teens - Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Teen Tech Week Webinar - 2015
  • Redefining Local - Etsy's Summit on Re-Imagining Manufacturing - 2015
  • How to Create and Sustain a Teen Volunteer Group - School Library Journal Summer Teen Virtual Conference - 2015
  • When Old School Crafts Meet a Modern Audience - Library Journal Webinar - 2015
  • Targeted Teen Tech Week Activities for Older Teens - YALSA Webinar - 2015
  • Teen Services Workshop - Vermont Library Association - Northfield, VT - 2014
  • Lets Play at the Library & Cradle to College: The Story of Chattanooga's 2nd Floor (so far) - Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference - 2014
  • Stay Gold, Ponyboy (PLA Sparktalk) - Public Library Association Conference - 2014
  • Want Awesome Volunteers? Provide Awesome Position Descriptions! - Blaine House Conference - 2013
  • Friend Raising: Volunteer Recruitment & Retention - Good Shepherd Food Bank State Networking Conference - 2012 & 2013
  • It's Alive!: Bring Life to Your Volunteer Program through Social Media - Blaine House Conference - 2011
  • VolunteerMaine.org Crash Course  - Blaine House Conference - 2010
  • Traditional and Social Media Strategies  - United Way of Greater Portland - 2010
  • Volunteer Management Best Practices  - United Way of Greater Portland - 2010
  • Creative Grant Writing  - Children's Literacy Foundation - 2009
  • Presenter & Q&A Panelist  - Vermont State Summer Reading Program - 2007-2010
  • Killer Nachos - Building a Teen Advisory Board  - Vermont State Conference - 2006

Awards

YALSA Writing Award 2019

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YALSA Writing Award 2017

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Community Work


  • Participant in University of Wisconsin-Madison and Maker Ed's IMLS National Forum on Research and Assessment in Library Makerspaces - 2019
  • Participant in Syracuse University's IMLS National Forum on Designing Future Library Leaders - 2018
  • Participant and speaker for Etsy's Summit on Re-Imagining Manufacturing - 2015
  • Participant in Etsy's Summit on Re-Imagining Manufacturing - 2014
  • Participant in School Library Journal's Public Library Leadership Think Tank - 2014
  • Art Van Board of Directors, Secretary - 2012-2013
  • Art Walk Lewiston/Auburn, Co-Creator & Volunteer Coordinator - 2010-2012
  • 4H Leaders, Member - 2011-2013

Education

Intern April, 2017 — May, 2017

Dokk1
Assisted with SMARTLibraries project and Design Thinking for Libraries 2.0 project during Dokk1's first month long internship ever in Aarhus, Denmark.

Masters of Library and Information Science 2015 — 2017

Syracuse University
  • iSchool student
  • GPA of 3.8
  • LISSA member

Adventure Recreation 1998 — 2002

Green Mountain College
  • Environmental Liberal Arts College
  • Focus on early childhood, paddling, mountaineering and snowboarding