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AMY C. MARTIN

Collection Management Librarian with a User Experience Mindset

Work experience

Apr 2014present

Librarian II, Children's Collection Management

Oakland Public Library, Oakland CA
  • Coordinate selection of children's books among selectors at 17 sites
  • Budget planning and assessment
  • Identify, onboard and work with vendors
  • Purchase centralized materials
  • Purchase Spanish children's books yearly at Feria Internacional por los Libros (FIL) in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Evaluate and recommend electronic resources
  • Train and support children's librarians I and II on collection management
  • Develop and implement a new process for monthly ordering, incorporating feedback from selectors to enhance their user experience
  • Initiate a systemwide process for merchandising books and creating appealing displays
  • Draft policy and guidelines and lead process of review according to governance
  • Manage and grow the Toy Lending Library
  • Apply content strategy to develop blog-based internal communication
  • Attend trainings on Excel, project management, and supervision
  • Served as Acting Branch Manager for Melrose Branch for 3 months while performing essential functions of collection management
Mar 2012Apr 2014

Librarian II, Children's Services

Oakland Public Library, Eastmont Branch, Oakland CA
  • Conduct reference and readers' advisory in English and Spanish for children and adults
  • Present weekly storytimes for preschool classes, and occasional series of baby/toddler lapsits
  • Develop afterschool programming for children and tweens
  • Select, purchase, and weed children's materials
  • Create a safe, comfortable space for all library users, from assembling a child-friendly play area to handling difficult situations
  • Visit schools and neighborhood organizations for outreach
  • Develop two unique programs for getting books into local classrooms and community spaces
  • Provide library orientation and computer instruction
  • Acted as supervisor in branch manager's absence
Mar 2008Mar 2012

Librarian I, Children's Services

Oakland Public Library 

Montclair Branch, Feb 2008 - March 2009

Main Library Children's Room, March 2009 - March 2012

  • Conduct reference and readers' advisory in English and Spanish
  • Plan and present weekly preschool and toddler storytimes
  • Develop and implement the first Baby Bounces at OPL
  • Select, purchase, and weed children's materials
  • Provide library orientation and computer instruction
  • Work with elementary and middle school classes on library visits
  • Evaluate and update systemwide bibliographies
  • Create displays and decorations for children's room
  • At Main Library Children's Room, acted as supervisor for six months
Feb 2007Aug 2007

Librarian I, Children's Services

San Francisco Public Library, Mission Branch
  • Conduct reference and readers' advisory in English and Spanish
  • Perform lapsit and toddler storytimes based in early literacy research
  • Provide library orientation and computer instruction
  • Evaluate materials for purchase using professional reviews
  • Weed children's materials based on condition and circulation
  • Evaluate and update branch bibliographies
  • Create displays and decorations for children's room
Sept 2006Feb 2007

Librarian I, Teen Services

Hayward Public Library, Hayward CA
  • Plan, design, and select furnishings and shelving for Teen Space
  • Recruit a Teen Advisory Group
  • Design and implement programming for teenagers
  • Select, purchase, and weed young adult materials
  • Plan and present weekly lapsit and family storytimes in English and Spanish
  • Visit local schools and present booktalks and library orientation
  • Conduct reference and readers' advisory
  • Communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patrons and assist in locating Spanish materials
May 2005Aug 2006

Librarian I, Children's Services

Chicago Public Library, Conrad Sulzer Regional, Chicago IL
  • Conduct reference and readers' advisory
  • Plan and present regular toddler storytime and lapsit sessions
  • Develop and present original programs for school year and summer
  • Collaborate with other librarians on developing collections and systemwide program planning
  • Create displays to highlight collections and enliven the children's room
  • Evaluate newly published books for purchase
  • Weed children's materials
  • Provide specialized reference for History Fair and Science Fair projects using site-owned materials and databases
Sept 2003Dec 2004

Collection Development Intern

Rebecca Crown Library, Dominican University
  • Compile list of children's and young adult books to be added to library science collection
  • Conduct weed German collection and perform relevant cataloguing operations

Education

20032004

Masters in Library and Information Science

Dominican University
19972001

Bachelor of Arts

Northwestern University

Comparative Literary Studies