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April  2015

I love books and especially connecting books and readers. I’m a Youth Services Librarian at the Westerville Public Library in Ohio. The opinions  expressed on this site are entirely my own, not those of my employer. I enjoy providing reader’s advisory and reference services to children, teens, tweens, their parents and caregivers, educators, and whoever else stops by the youth services desk.

In May 2012 I completed my Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Youth Services Librarianship at the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  I was thrilled to be a part of the Sharing Success program and plan to continue to find ways to connect books and their readers, to promote reading and literacy, and to connect professionals in different fields interested in these same issues.

Currently I’m serving on ALSC’s Children and Technology Committee and ALSC’s Metamorphosis Task Force, helping committees convert to virtual operation. In July 2015 I’ll begin my term of service on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee, which selects an author or illustrator whose books constitute “a substantial and  lasting contribution to literature for children.” One of the greatest professional experiences I’ve had was serving on the ALA Notable Children’s Books Committee (2002). I also served on the Great Web Sites for Kids selection committee (2006-2008).   I’m a member of ALA, ALSC, OLC, Friends of the CCBC, and USBBY (enough acronyms already, huh?)  I also enjoy being part of my local book club. Happy reading!

3 Responses to About

  1. Deborah Ford says:

    Robin. I just moved to Ohio and am the new Director of Library Outreach at Junior Library Guild. I’d love to chat with you about library services and learn more about what you do.

  2. Liz Parrott says:

    Hi, Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and liking my post on Hands Around the Library. I’m interested that you’re a librarian in Westerville. I went to Oberlin years and years ago. My home was in Southern California, but I had a large extended family in Springfield. Since airfare was so much more expensive then, I usually traveled from Oberlin to Springfield for breaks, and often ended up driving near/through Westerville. I had an aunt who refused to take the highway, so when she drove me we were on backroads all the time and I think it was on those trips that we went through Westerville.

    I love your website! Your blog is going on my feedly list!


  3. jshaffner says:

    Hi Robin, Thanks so much for reading The Librarian is In. I always appreciate new readers, and if you’d ever like to write a guest post about your library (or another public library you really like), I’d be happy to put it on my blog, especially as I’m trying to do one for each of the states and I haven’t done one on Ohio yet.

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