I’m Gretchen Kolderup. I’m the Manager for Young Adult Education and Engagement at the New York Public Library. I received my MLS from Indiana University’s Indianapolis campus in 2010 and have worked with teens in public libraries in Indiana, Connecticut, and the Bronx. I’ve built teen services from scratch as a department of one, supervised a teen department and a staff of 2.5 FTE, and also worked in a university library and a synagogue library.
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 Financial Advancement Committee, the Professional Values and Career Development Taskforce, and as a member of the YALSA Board. I also review books and apps for School Library Journal and am a member of the editorial board of In the Library with the Lead Pipe.
I’m interested in bridging tweens from children’s services to teen services and new adults from teen services to adult services, teens as resources, adolescent development and the acquisition of non-cognitive skills, urban librarianship, community outreach to underserved populations, the social implications of technology, gaming in libraries, staff training and development, organizational culture, change management, and institutional knowledge transfer and loss.
The opinions and thoughts I express here are solely mine and are not necessarily those of my employer or any organization to which I belong.
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