Sunday, August 14, 2011

About the Not so Shoeless, Librarian

Since everyone brings their own individual experiences to the table when making a decision, processing data, or sharing an experience, I have decided to share a short biography of myself.  

My name is Ashley and I am currently 28 years old.  I live in central Arkansas (yes people in Arkansas wear shoes) with my boyfriend and two dogs, Novella and Faraday.  I currently work as a library director for a small rural library serving a county of 30,000.  I received my undergraduate education from Henderson State University with majors in English and History and my MLS from Texas Woman's University.

My current interests are supernatural fiction, ya fiction, emerging technologies, community outreach, and community volunteerism.

I write  for the Arkansas Library Journal and am a guest writer for my local newspaper.  

I have been named Best Librarian in Hot Spring County 3 years in a row, I was named one of 20 to watch in 2010 by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, and I was chosen to be part of the ALA's Emerging Leader class of 2011.

I currently serve on the Board of the Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce, I am the Secretary for the Healthy Hot Spring County Coalition, and I am the Public Libraries Division Chair for the Arkansas Library Association. I also created a networking group in Arkansas for young library professionals called "Young Library Professionals of Arkansas."  I serve on the the following for ALA: ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation Award Jury, YALSA Teen Book Jury, and the ALCTS is forming a Transforming Collections Task Force. 

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