Public Librarianship Panel…and a new Pratt SILS group

Hi! My name is Anna Murphy, I’m in my second semester here at Pratt SILS. You may have seen my emails earlier in the semester about starting a new student group** encompassing schools, literacy, and youth services. I plan to roll this group out in the fall, and I will need your help and ideas! Until then, I have been working with the leadership in SILSSA to get a great event underway…

Tuesday, April 14th drop by Room 611 anytime from 5:30-6:30pm to get some Perspectives in Public Librarianship

Along with SILS student, Corina Bardoff, and SILSSA, we have asked a diverse group of Public Librarians to come and talk a bit about the paths they’ve taken, decisions they made during and post Library School, and what they’ve encountered in terms of challenges and inspirational experiences that have led them to become the librarians they are today.

Whether your passion lies in archives, local history preservation, community, reference, business, youth services, management or metadata this panel of lightning presentations will reveal how public librarianship can encompass every interest.

Now, let me tell you a bit about each of the panelists:

Natalie Milbrodt is the Associate Coordinator of Metadata Services for Queens Library. She is also the developer of the Queens Memory Project, which collects images and memories of Queens residents to make a beautiful archive of the most diverse neighborhood in America.

Lauren Comito is the Jobs and Business Academy Librarian at the Queens Library central branch. She will be talking about the group Urban Librarians Unite, an activist group promoting modern, community-centered libraries.

Betty Lacy is currently the Assistant Head: Collection Services and Coordinator, Small Business Services at the Science, Industry and Business Library. She has also worked in two research libraries as well as the Schwartzman Building for the NYPL.

Nicola McDonald is the Library Manager of the Jerome Park branch in the Bronx. She has previously worked as a Youth Services Librarian in the Brooklyn Public Library and now serves as a Board of Directors Fellow for YALSA.

Along with great conversation, we’ll have coffee and cookies to keep you stimulated for an hour post, pre or in-between classes!

**If you are interested in youth services and or public librarianship, please do reach out to me, say hello, and share your ideas for a great new group next fall via Twitter: @librannary