My Vision and Mission
Vision: The library fosters independent learning and critical thinking by providing support, resources and a safe space in which students are challenged to grow as citizens, scholars and independent thinkers. The library serves as a collaboration space for the entire school community – students, teachers and parents.
Mission for Library: The mission of the library program is to enable students to become independent, capable, self-motivated lifelong learners with high levels of in-school achievement by:
- Modeling good information-seeking behaviors and demonstrating the real-life relevance of the skills being learned
- Providing opportunities for students to grow their creativity and problem-solving abilities
- Collaborating with classroom teachers to embed information literacy skills into curriculum-based lessons
- Providing access to the library outside of scheduled classes to permit one-on-one assistance
- Initiating school-wide programs to promote information literacy, the enjoyment of literature and the relevance of research skills in day-to-day life.
Although I am just beginning my career as a librarian, I am celebrating the completion of my long journey to this point.
In 2007, I was floundering. I had completed my first two years of college at two different schools, and ended up earning an Associate’s degree in photography. I was working as the production manager of a custom framing shop. Although I loved the work, I went home each day feeling drained, as if all of my effort was going out into the void and not really making an impact on the world.
I knew that I wanted to go back to school, and that I wanted to choose a career that was not only personally meaningful but which would make the world a better place. I did what I do best – I made a list. I sat down and wrote out a list of things that I love and that I am good at.
The list: Problem solving, reading, animal rescue, learning, art, research
Let’s just say I noticed a pattern. I began to look into what it would take to become a librarian.
I learned that I would have to begin by completing my Bachelor’s degree. Thankfully, the SUNY Institute of Technology has an amazing General Studies (Now Interdisciplinary Studies) program, which allowed me to tailor my coursework to my goal. I was able to essentially construct a pre-library program for myself, focusing on literature, research skills and communications. I packed up my life and moved to Utica, where I was incredibly lucky to land library-related work and an internship. It was through that internship that I grew certain that school libraries are where I belong.
When it came time for graduate school, I gravitated to Syracuse University’s School Media program because it allows someone without a teaching background to simultaneously study education and libraries. I moved back to Syracuse and began working at the amazing Fayetteville Free Library. The past two years have been tremendous. I’ve been able to manage several large projects, work with kids and grow my teaching skills, all while learning the fundamentals of librarianship.
I am a life-long resident of Central New York, and I can’t imagine feeling at home anywhere else. I would love nothing more than to use my skills to serve a school community in this region.