Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!
Name: Julie K.
Job title: Young Adult Librarian
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: 3 years
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Teen programming, working the reference and children’s desks and helping with collection management and development.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’m reading A Mad Wicked Folly for our YA for Adults book club; Planetfall, about a group of interstellar settlers with a godlike vision and a dangerous secret; and The Demonologist, about a professor who is asked to consult on a case of possession and loses his daughter in the process. I’m almost done with Songs of A Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti and Dr. Timothy Taylor’s The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Working with teens. Having taught high school for several years, I love the fact that I have the ability to do interesting programs that don’t require me to grade 35 essays, give 15 reading tests and look through mounds of homework. I still have to plan and think about how my program is providing teens with a valuable skill or experience that might help them develop an interest in a specific kind of job, learn about a new book genre or challenge them to learn a new skill.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you?
When I was on the cusp of graduation from library school with my second master’s degree, my current advisor was encouraging me to get a doctorate. After talking to my thesis advisor from my first master’s degree, she encouraged me to really look at what I wanted to do and what I enjoyed most about working in libraries. It helped me realize that I really wanted to work with teens in a public library.
How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
I know that MCPL has the potential to be a world class library, so I’m looking for increased services to patrons, more hands on types of programming on all levels and continuing to develop our collection in order to fit our patron’s needs.
image credit: Image by Marathon County Public Library staff.