2010 Eureka! Leadership Institute: Ashley Burdick
I'm Ashley Burdick, an Adult Services Librarian at Peninsula Center Library of the Palos Verdes Library District. I came on board two years ago to be the programs lead, and since then I've planned a variety of programs, both large and small. Some favorites have been our "One Book, One Peninsula" celebration (this year we welcome New York Times best-selling author Lisa See!), a "Mary Poppins" sing-a-long in the park, a line-up of multi-cultural cooking classes, and a classical music series which is now in its third year. In addition to organizing and promoting these programs, I work at the Reference Desk and develop our literature and music collections.
I got my start nearly ten years ago at Monrovia Public Library as a page. Being a librarian has been a good fit for me because, while I love books, I enjoy working with people more. I don't think I ever said, "I want to be a programs librarian when I grow up," but while completing my MLIS at UCLA I was very much involved with organizing events for the student chapter of ASIS&T (American Society for Information Science & Technology). During one particularly successful year we were even recognized as the "Student Chapter of the Year" nationally! (And speaking about technology, I'm always interested in learning new ways that it can connect people with libraries.)
I feel very fortunate to have been selected as a Eureka! Fellow and look forward to the opportunity to define and develop my leadership abilities. I am also excited about interacting with and learning from the Mentors and other Fellows.
Oh, and in my free time, I enjoy hiking, museums, music of many different kinds, playing the cello, adventures, writing, and the beach.