June 2009, Volume 1, Issue 6
Check your Fall Calendars!
Festival of Books
Oct. 2-3 in Deadwood
SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen
Be Creative @ Your Library or From Home
Why Didn't I Think of That?
I am Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library (East River) and train librarians and educators in using the State Library's subscription databases. I enjoy visiting librarians and libraries! I’m a "remote" employee, operating from my office in Sioux Falls.
I’m a native South Dakotan whose first inclination toward librarianship included helping our district school superintendent carry boxes of new books into my two-room schoolhouse and mending school library book spines with Elmer’s glue (with the teacher’s approval).
I’m a graduate of Arlington High School and the University of South Dakota, where I worked in the library’s now-defunct Learning Resources Center under Jane Larsen, currently director of Vermillion Public Library.
I taught high school English, was a school librarian, and advised various extracurriculars in Tripp, Armour, and Sioux Falls Washington Senior High School (the one that is now the Pavilion) before moving to Grand Junction, Colorado, where I managed Interlibrary Loan at Mesa State College. I also worked and volunteered in the children's center at Mesa County Public Library and was involved in the regional and state library scene. I’m happy to be back and getting involved in the state library scene here!
I’m a frequently-published author in the education and Christian fields. My three books for librarians and teachers are available under my former name, Heitman, through Linworth Publishing: Rhymes and Reasons: Librarians & Teachers Using Poetry to Foster Literacy, Teach Writing to Older Readers Using Picture Books, and Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales in the Library and Language Arts Classroom. I maintain a blog, Read, Learn, and Be Happy.
Outside of work, I love to hike, drink good coffee or wine with friends, rock to the oldies, read, and spend time with my husband, Gary.