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 27 staff members who develop, coordinate, and implement programs and experiential learning opportunities for all ages as well as support all information and reference services in the library. 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 outcomes, civic engagement, STEAM, media mentorship, and developmentally appropriate programming. I am actively involved in ALSC; I currently serve as the Priority Group Consultant for organizational support committees, task forces, and discussion groups. I also served on the editorial board for In the Library with the Lead Pipe, an open access, open peer reviewed journal on libraries and librarianship, from September 2016 to January 2020.