My name is Amy Koester, and I am a public librarian.
I am currently Learning Experiences Manager at Skokie Public Library, where I oversee a department of 16 staff members who develop, coordinate, and implement programs and experiential learning opportunities for all ages. I also lead teams focused on outcomes evaluation and civic engagement initiatives at my library.
I’m a big believer in the sharing and support of our library community, and I’ve shared many programs and ideas at The Show Me Librarian. Major topics on which I have blogged, presented, and published include STEAM, civic engagement, outcomes, media mentorship, and developmentally appropriate programming. I am actively involved in ALSC; I currently serve as the New to ALSC Board Member. I’ve been an editor for In the Library with the Lead Pipe, an open access, open peer reviewed journal on libraries and librarianship, since September 2016. I am also a member of the advisory council for the Our Voices initiative.