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.
While I’m relatively new to librarianship, I’ve found becoming involved with YALSA and my professional community really rewarding. I was a member of the YALSA Mentoring Taskforce for three years; was a member of the Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults committee in 2011-2012 and then chaired it for 2012-2013; managed The Hub from 2011 to 2013; and am now serving on the State Conferences Road Trip Taskforce, the Financial Advancement Committee, and the Professional Values and Career Development Taskforce. I also review books and apps for School Library Journal, am a member of the editorial board of In the Library with the Lead Pipe, and recently joined No Flying No Tights as an editor. I am currently standing for election to the YALSA Board for a three-year term to begin June 2014. Elections are in March and April 2014, and whether you vote for me or not, YALSA members, I hope you’ll vote.
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, underserved populations, urban librarianship, social networking and new media, library technology, the social implications of technology, privacy and copyright issues, gaming in libraries, organizational culture, and institutional knowledge transfer and loss.
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 opinions and thoughts I express here are solely mine and are not necessarily those of my employer or any association to which I belong.
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