Twelve years ago, after graduating from Wayne State University, I started as the public services librarian with the Delta Township District Library in Lansing, Michigan and now wear many hats as the assistant library director. I’ve have had many opportunities to lead and initiate change within my own organization, through MLA, and, for the past three years, as Michigan Chapter Councilor for the American Library Association.
Describe yourself in three words:
Knowledgeable. Direct. Intuitive.
What do you most like about working in libraries?
I love the challenge of no two days being the same.
Heart of a Champion Award
The Heart of a Champion Award was established in 2012 to recognize a library supporter (e.g. elected official, trustee, community supporter/business or individual, strategic partner) who has shown an exceptional commitment to libraries and/or the libraryprofession. Nomination form can be found here.
Librarian of the Year
Wayne State University is one of the nation's leading urban research universities with a demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning excellence. Located in Detroit’s Midtown, the University enrolls over 31,000 students in 13 colleges and schools and boasts more than 400 academic programs, including 126 bachelor's degree programs, 139 master's degree programs, 60 doctoral degree programs and 30 certificate, specialist and professional programs, all of which are served by the Wayne State University Library System.
Its collection of over 4 million volumes includes a portfolio of distinguished special collections and digital content. The Library System connects users to hundreds of scholarly databases with the most comprehensive, specialized and up-to-date information available. Through our liaison program, we play an active role in educating faculty and students in how to make the best use of these resources.
In addition to three main libraries and two professional libraries, the Library System is also home to the Reuther Library, the largest labor archives in North America; serves as fiscal agent for the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET), a Southeastern Michigan consortium that manages a shared automation system for 20 member libraries; and is one of the only Library Systems in the country to have its own ALA-accredited School of Library and Information Science. All of these factors combine to make it one of the largest and most complex library organizations in the state.
By Sonya Schryer Norris