2010 Eureka! Leadership Institute: Amy Calhoun
I am a Youth Services Librarian at the North Natomas branch of Sacramento Public Library and I'm responsible for services and programming for both children and teens. My branch is a joint-use facility serving the public, a high school, and an extension of the community college. This gives me the opportunity to serve a wide range of patrons, answering both basic and more intensive reference questions as well as presenting a variety of programs, such as toddler times, Wii gaming days, and database trainings, sometimes all on the same day.
Besides my duties in the branch, I serve on a few system-wide committees, including the Early Literacy Work Group and the Web Team. One of my primary system-wide duties is selecting all of the adult and teen DVD's for the system, which I've been doing for four years now. I've enjoyed building a diverse and heavily utilized collection of titles as well as developing a streamlined method for selecting titles based on selection criteria and patron requests.
I am interested in forming more community partnerships, as I think our relationship with the high school and community college has been mutually beneficial. Over the last year, I have been doing an ongoing outreach program with three after-school programs in local low-income housing. I share library books, stories, and the summer reading program with the children at these sites and I'm interested in developing new approaches to outreach, so that I can continue to expand the library's involvement in the community.
In my free time, I love reading mysteries, computer gaming, and watching TV dramas, especially Mad Men and The Wire.