Fresh Start: An Evaluation of a Local Re-entry Program The Long Branch Free Public Library was established 100 years ago with a mission to enrich the lives of Long Branch residents by providing resources and opportunities for life-long learning (Long Branch Free Public Library, n.d.). Currently, the library provides a wide
Following graduation, I took a position as a Youth Counselor in a residential treatment center for adolescent sex offenders. Accepting this job was difficult as I had previously felt that sex offenders were the one population I would not want to work with. But I was pleased to find that I truly enjoyed the job. I learned to successfully work with a very difficult population and developed skills in conflict resolution, group therapy, and recreational therapy. This position helped me solidify and strengthen a strong belief that all people are worthy of respect, unconditional positive regard, and equality of opportunity.
The time is now to become a Special Education Teacher. I believe the best fit for my academic and vocational goals is the UWM Exceptional Education Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program. I have been a teacher of students with special needs for the last couple of years in alternative settings.
I have been a Library Assistant at the Palm Springs Library for a little over a year, and in that time I made progress in constructive relationships with my co-workers and supervisors. Suggested ways to improve work place procedures by increasing efficiency, enriched in my skills in customer service, active listening, and multitasking. My goals looking into the future is to improve on those skills; while gaining new skills and trying to avoid blunders. When time allows expand my role as Library Assistant to take in more responsibility. Keep continuing to provide a positive experience to our library
After graduation, I committed myself to learning new things and more importantly to try things that intimidated and frightened me. While doing so, I searched for and found a way to make a change in the lives of those who needed help the most. I became a career advisor for one of Washington D.C’s largest workforce development projects. I was tasked with the responsibility of teaching DC’s welfare population the essential skills needed to progress in life, and succeed in the workforce. Having overcame being a learning disabled student, and traumatic brain injury I was
Pleased with my time spent volunteering at the Cerritos Library, I returned the following summer, eager to explore new tasks. I chose to become a Projects volunteer. I was introduced to creating arts and crafts samples for children and assisting volunteers or staff around the library. Working in Projects made me feel immersed in the volunteer experience. I started to develop strong connections with the staff and employees, most notably the Volunteer Coordinators. These relations allowed me to demonstrate my communication skills while working in a
In New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist’s Guide to Success, Ruth Toor and Hilda Weisburg present a one-stop manual for first-year school library that details numerous aspects of what it means to be a successful school library media specialist. The authors, both of whom are veteran former school librarians, outline everything from the job interview to the last day of school, sharing years of wisdom and practical insight into the ins and outs of the profession. Special attention is paid to developing relationships between the various members of the school population and associated individuals, including students, teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, and volunteers. The authors remind school librarians to keep
As public libraries struggle to remain relevant in today’s society and respond to the changing needs of older adult patrons it is important to become more
It was by accident that I became a student services professional. My undergraduate experiences started in the College of Business and ended in Family and Child Studies. After some self-evaluation and events out of my control, I decided Business was no longer what I wanted to do. The very moment that changed it all for me was shortly after my mother became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer and I finally met one of the families she was advocating for. There was an instant connection with one of the teenage daughters. Things clicked for me once I realized she was looking up to me as a role model. I was always drawn to experiences that were holistically oriented so I spoke with my advisor to see what other avenues I could take. At that time, I was introduced to Family and Child Studies which led me to venture into a Bachelors of Science in Marriage and Family.
According to “Why We Read: The University, the Humanities, and the Province of Literature," Richter illustrates why literature should be studied in the first place. David Richter is an English professor who was very dedicated to his job. In this article, he had five section: English Literature as an Object of Study, The Era of Grand Theory and Cultural Wars, Reading Liberation; Teaching as a Propaganda, The Function of English at the Present Time and After the Culture Wars: The Problem of Disciplinary. The founder of English Adam Smith was not English at all but a Scottish polymath who taught English lectures in 1748 and 1751. The author goes on to explain all the knowledge about how literature became so important. He used those reference
For me, however, the public library system has been the medium through which I've given back to and become part of my local community. I've volunteered for the Henrico County libraries through the regional Teen Advisory Board since the sixth grade, achieving leadership at the beginning of ninth. Nearing my seventh year of service now, I'm faced with a question that often only veterans in their fields have to deal with: What happens, what changes, when you do something for almost half of your
The U.S. population is shifting and minorities such as the Hispanic race will soon exceed all other races in our country. We librarians have a duty to introduce our younger generation of minorities to our profession and begin chaining the view for U.S. minorities to have a better understanding of our profession. By doing this we can begin to change the perspective of our profession and to help ensure that more future minorities enter our profession.
I have experience teaching first-year undergrads up through doctoral students in settings including traditional library instruction, online ELMS courses, and a for-credit course. As the director of the UMD Libraries Research and Teaching Fellowship, I have first-hand experience supporting MLS students as they learn to teach, provide reference support, and explore their scholarly interests. Working with future librarians has been the most worthwhile and gratifying aspect of my position. I would welcome the opportunity to extend this experience into a formal learning environment in
1. Please outline how your experience aligns with the position’s qualifications. I have worked in a variety of library settings throughout my 20 years in libraries. For 10 years, my work was in a library cooperative, which covered 17 rural counties. Then, I was the regional director of a two-county rural system. After that I have worked in both large, small, and urban environments.
Curtin University Library Services: A Redesign Curtin University Library (henceforth 'the Library ') is a large academic library that serves 30,000 students. Within this Library, the library services seeks to provide equal learning support and reference services to a diverse range of users. Currently these users range from: • Students: including