I’m Gretchen Kolderup. I received my MLS from Indiana University’s Indianapolis campus in 2010, was the first Teen Services Librarian at the New Canaan Library in New Canaan, Connecticut, and am now the Supervising Librarian for Teen Services at the Bronx Library Center (a branch of the New York Public Library). I’ve also worked in a university library and a synagogue library.
The opinions and thoughts I express here are solely mine and are not necessarily those of my employer or any association to which I belong.
Generally I’m interested in public libraries, teen services, bridging tweens from children’s services to teen services and new adults from teen services to adult services, using teens as resources, adolescent development, social networking and new media, library technology, privacy and copyright issues, gaming in libraries, underserved populations, organizational culture, institutional knowledge transfer and loss, and intergenerational programming.
I’m still developing my library skills and librarian identity, so I do a lot of thinking about the values of librarianship, controversies in librarianship, and the way libraries interact with the rest of the world. I wanted a place to collect some of those thoughts and post interesting bits of news, write book reviews, and provide reaction pieces to articles I read. I’m sure that as I grow as a librarian, this blog will, too — and I’m looking forward to that!
The design for Librarified was done by the incredibly talented Brandon Peat. He exceeded my expectations every step of the way and if you ever need any print or web design work, he is your guy.