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Melissa Hisel

409 W. Geneseo St. Lafayette, CO 80026 (970) 948-6002


To find challenging and rewarding employment in a community library where I can actively empower community members to find information and entertainment and to inspire users to see libraries as an essential service today and in the future.
EMPLOYMENT Library Tech: Adult Reference (part -time, temp) | Longmont Public Library Aug. 09-Present Performs reference interviews by phone or in person. Locates information and help patrons use resources such as ILS, databases, downloadable media, online searching, microform, MS Office applications, and others. Recommends education, information, and entertainment resources, and provides customer service and administrative support. Fall Coordinator: Reading Buddies | Lafayette Public Library Aug.Dec. 11 As coordinator for this programwhich pairs 1st-3rd graders with teen mentors for reading and enrichment activitiesI paired teens with little buddies, communicated with families, supervised the weekly program at Sanchez Elementary School, provided administrative support for the in-house program, planned and presented story time and other group activities, and maintained program records and statistics. Library Assistant IV: Assistant Branch Manager/Youth Services Librarian | Garfield County Library District Gordon Cooper branch: Aug. 06-May 07 (full-time), Oct. 07-May 08 (part-time after birth of child) Rifle branch: Oct. 02-Aug. 06 As Youth Services Librarian, planned, organized, and initiated all facets of youth and teen programs and services; wrote proposals and reports; prepared budget materials for story time programs, community outreach, teen advisory groups, and summer-reading program. Oversaw branch management in the absence of the Branch Manager and assisted in day-to-day supervision of support personnel. Implemented, supported, and enforced policies and procedures. Planned and implemented special-interest displays, programs, and projects. Generated publicity for youth programs. Implemented services and programs in areas such as interlibrary loan and volunteer services. Performed circulation functions. Assisted customers with ready-reference, readers advisory, bibliographic instruction, and database searching. Provided recommendations for children and teen material selection. Shelved materials and read shelves for accuracy. EDUCATION Emporia State University Jan. 11-Present (MLS expected Dec. 2012) GPA: 3.89

Melissa Hisel

Coursework completed includes: Foundations of Library and Information Science; Organization of Information; Theoretical Foundations of Service: Diagnosis and Customization; Research in Library and Information Science; Reference and User Services; Cataloging and Classification Presently Enrolled in: Leadership and Administration of Informational Organizations; Collection Development Adams State College BA 10, Sociology Colorado Mountain College Certificate 06, Early Childhood Education VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Early Literacy Outreach Intern | Lafayette Public Library Aug. 09-Jun. 10 Coordinated the Lafayette Kids Ready to Read program. Liaised with volunteers, caretakers, teachers and program directors. Observed and evaluated volunteers in their assigned centers. Maintained a periodic blog to communicate with, interact with, and educate volunteers. Managed statistical data and program files. Planned and facilitated volunteer training sessions. Helped coordinate summer reading program logistics. Updated forms and procedures. Helped recruit, interview and train new volunteers. Summer Reading Volunteer | Lafayette Public Library Jun.-Jul. 10 Assisted with weekly Bilingual Family Literacy Night at Sanchez Elementary School. TECHNOLOGICAL PROFICIENCES Integrated library systems Innovative Millennium and SirsiDynix Horizon MS Office suite Basic HTML Simple website construction with open source platforms Social networking and advanced online-search proficiency PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS Colorado Association of Libraries American Library Association Public Library Association Association for Library Service to Children Mountain Plains Library Association

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