Library Experience

 
My ​
Goal

My library career goal is to use information, creative technologies, outreach, and a commitment to social justice to provide outstanding services and programs to the community I work in.

Work
Experience
Head of Adult Services, Nanuet Public Library (Nanuet, NY)
September 2019 - Present
  • Manage team of 2 full-time, 7 part-time, and 6 substitute staff

  • Oversee delivery and promotion of public services to community members ages 12 and up

  • Organize and lead projects in community education, entertainment, and cultural enrichment

  • Coordinate events 

  • Purchase fiction and nonfiction books for adults

  • Lead development of collections: books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, DVDs,  music, digital content, and databases

  • Provide reference and computer instruction to people ages 12 and up

  • Run 2 monthly book clubs for adults

 
Teen and Children's Librarian, Nyack Library (Nyack, NY)
May 2017 - August 2019
  • Provide reader’s advisory and references services to children, teenagers, and parents

  • Organize and oversee all teen events

  • Maintain all teen collections including fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, manga, and audiobooks

  • Perform outreach services to local high schools, middle schools, and community centers through class visits, booktalks, and collaborations on events and programs

  • Teach 3D Printing classes to teens and provide information about the library’s 3D Printer to patrons of all ages

  • Supervise part-time Teen Room staff; train, assign projects, address questions and concerns, ensure proper fulfillment of responsibilities, facilitate scheduling and communications with Youth Services Supervisor

  • Plan and manage Teen Summer Reading program

  • Lead weekly story time for infants ages 3-18 months

  • Manage behavior in the Teen Room

  • Apply for grants and participate in professional development activities

High School Librarian and School Liaison, Prospect Heights Public Library (Prospect Heights, IL)
August 2015 - October 2016
  • Planned fun and dynamic programming. Successes included Teen Advisory Board, Teen Movie Night, Feasts & Finals Study Hall, Learn to 3D Print, Teen Art Contest, Make Your Own Journal, and passive coloring table. 

  • Conducted outreach to local schools to develop partnerships; gave book talks at the Summer Reading Planning Committee meetings at Wheeling High School

  • Performed collection development tasks for high school fiction, graphic novels, anime, and music; read blogs, GoodReads, and review magazines to stay current with trends and make selections; evaluated collection to make selections for purchase and weeding using data from SIRSI Dynix, Collection HQ, and observations of collection use

  • Maintained orderly and welcoming appearance of High School area, solicited input for renovations from Teen Advisory Board, synthesized teen’s ideas and passed on to supervisors

  • Promoted programs by designing graphics and distributing to local schools, shops, and social media

  • Managed teen volunteers

  • Provided reference services to patrons of all ages at main information desk

  • Assisted patrons with use of technology including the Library’s computers, printers, scanners, as well as personal devices

  • Taught patrons how to access library’s digital resources, mainly eBooks and Audiobooks

  • Responsible for opening and closing library on some weekends and evenings; take responsibility for facility, staff, and operations in the absence of the Library’s director and department heads

  • Attended networking and professional development group meetings including Young Adult Services Forum, Young Adult Librarian’s Discussion Group, School Facilitators Networking Group, and Tinker; participated in professional development seminars, conferences, and webinars

 
Intern, The Urbana Free Library (Urbana, IL)

​July 2014 - May 2015

 

  • Staffed the Teen Open Lab: assisted teens with projects using 3D printer, sewing machines, vinyl cutters, laptops, digital drawing tablets, and microcontrollers (Arduinos); developed curriculum and instruction materials; and worked with librarians to plan and implement programs

  • Staffed the computer lab help desk: made computer reservations; taught patrons how to use the printer; and assist patrons with various computer-based tasks including email, Facebook, job applications, saving and transferring files, and cybernavigating

  • Taught basic computer skills at the weekly Computer 101 workshop

  • Recruited and trained new volunteers at the Teen Open Lab, computer help desk, and Computer 101 workshop

 

Practicum Student, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Library (Paxton, IL)

​September 2014 - December 2014

 

  • Staffed circulation desk; checked out books, supervised students in the library, and provided assistance with Chrome Books and printers

  • Processed new materials, including cataloging and covering books

  • Performed reader’s advisory and gave book talks

  • Facilitated two lunchtime Lit Clubs

  • Researched books and compiled annotated bibliographies according to teacher requests

  • Researched books for collection development according to librarian’s request

  • Brainstormed and constructed book and bulletin board displays

 

Community Informatics Studio Team Member, Kenwood Elementary School (Kenwood, IL)

August 2013 - December 2013

 

  • Guided K-5 students’ learning how to use netbooks and eToys (a computer programming educational tool)

  • Sought to get to know the technology needs of the students in order to inform the development of a final class project

  • Based on field experiences, planned and implemented demystifying technology workshop for Kenwood students and their parents in which we discussed hardware, software, security, networks, and eToys (final class project)

 
Volunteer, The Center for Children's Books (Champaign, IL)

January 2015 - May 2015

  • Shelved books, prepared books for circulation, kept circulation statistics, assisted with weeding

 
Librarian's Assistant, Fordham University's Walsh Library (New York, NY)

​2009 - 2013

 

  • Assisted patrons with locating and checking out library materials, online database searches, and general queries

  • Collaborated with librarians to process interlibrary loans and meet the information needs of a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students, staff, and faculty working in many disciplines

  • Shelved materials

  • Staffed the Reserves desk as needed

Skills

Costumer Service

Reader's Advisory

Technology Instruction

Collection Development

Program Planning

Outreach

Marketing & Publicity

Curriculum Development

Web Design

Social Media Marketing

Making

Tinkering

 

Languages

HTML/CSS

Conversational Spanish

 

My Education
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

​August 2013 - May 2015

 

Master of Science in Library and Information Science

Recipient of Herbert Goldhor Award for Public Librarianship

 

 

Fordham University

​August 2009 - May 2013

 

Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Creative Writing

Graduated Cum Laude; Dean’s List 2011-2012 Academic Year, Second Honors

Contact

knaples at gmail.com

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