CV

A complete CV can be downloaded at andracki_cv.

Library Experience

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, IL
Middle School Librarian
August 2014–present

  • Provide reference, research, and readers’ advisory assistance to sixth- through eighth-grade students at a pre-K through 12 independent school under the auspices of the University of Chicago.
  • Oversee administration of a collection of 15,000 items to a student body of over 350, including circulation, ordering, and cataloging of materials.
  • Teach regularly scheduled rotation classes in Information Literacy and Story (an elective focused on free reading and storytelling).
  • Teach library instruction sessions on research and information literacy skills integrated into core subject area units.
  • Assist in the supervision of one part-time and one full-time library assistant.
  • Administer the Zena Sutherland Award for Children’s Literature, a student-run and student-chosen award for picturebook authorship and illustration.
  • Maintain library’s web presence using Silverlight and LibGuides software.
  • Participate in the life of the school by attending faculty meetings, serving on school-wide committees, and attending school-sponsored events.

 

The Center for Children’s Books, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
August 2012–August 2014

  • Developed outreach partnerships between research unit in youth literature and culture and community organizations, schools, and libraries.
  • Planned and promoted both in-house and multi-unit events related to youth literature, library service, and youth advocacy, both independently and in team settings.
  • Maintained all Center communication with the public, including editing the website via Dreamweaver, managing social media accounts, and writing and editing monthly newsletter.

 

Undergraduate Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Graduate Assistant
August 2012–August 2014

  • Provided reference services, including in-person, roving, SMS, email and IM chat services.
  • Taught library instruction sessions for primarily first-year students about information literacy and the use of library resources.
  • Supervised a team of student assistants at circulation and service desk as most senior staff member on nights and weekends.
  • Completed other special projects, including: cataloging a graphic novel collection; preserving and digitally archiving a vintage video game collection; writing readers’ advisory blog posts; collection development and weeding; and creating online library guides.

 

Douglass Branch, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Practicum Student
January 2014–May 2014

  • Completed a 100-hour children’s and youth services practicum, including day-to-day operations of a branch library, developing and presenting toddler storytimes, and a final project implementing a Battle of the Books program in conjunction with local schools to celebrate Black History Month.

 

Undergraduate Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Student Assistant
January 2009–August 2012

  • Provided support in library operating functions, including staffing circulation desks, shelving and shelf-reading collection, collection development, curating exhibits, and training new student assistants.

Related Experience

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Champaign, IL
Reviewer
March 2013 – present

  • Read and reviewed approximately 10 books a month for authoritative, analytic review journal of children’s literature, focusing primarily on picture books and middle-grade novels.

Department of Residential Life, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Resident Advisor
January 2011 – May 2012

  • Planned and implemented one social and one educational program for Global Crossroads Living-Learning community monthly.
  • Co-advised Salongo (a Black Student Union) and USSGA (the Urbana South Sexuality and Gender Alliance).
  • Taught EOL 199, a for-credit staff-training course on identity development, social justice, and community planning.

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • M.S. in Library and Information Science, May 2014
  • Youth Services Certificate
  • Graduate Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, May 2012
  • Minor in Global Studies (Focuses on Chinese Studies & Environment, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility)

Presentations

  • A Queer Library Alliance for Young People: Using Books with LGBTQ Content” Co-presentation with Rae-Anne Montague at 17th Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawaii’s Children, Honolulu, HI, 5-7 June 2014
  • “Picturing Pages in Black and White: Race in Postwar Caldecott Medal-Winning Picture Books, 1945-1960” Guest lecture for LIS 681: Books and Media for Children, Library and Information Science Program, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, instructor Rae-Anne Montague, 4 February 2014
  • “Queer Library Alliance Goes to School” Co-presentation with Rae-Anne Montague at American Association of School Librarians 16th National Conference, Hartford, CT, 14-17 November 2013
  • Playing with Everything: Childhood, Animacy, and Biopower in The Brave Little Toaster40th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference: Play and Risk in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture, Biloxi, MS, 13-15 June 2013.
  • “‘Here’s to Overcoming Our Parents’ Dreams for Us’: Gendered Racializations and ‘Deviance’ in Two Young Adult LGBT Novels” Stranger in a Strange Land: Exploring Texts & Cultures Across Cultures & Continents, Vancouver, BC, 28 April 2012.

Service Activities

  • Committee Member, 2018 Newbery Award Committee, ALSC, American Library Association
  • Information Coordinator, LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group, International Federation of Library Associations, 2015-2016
  • Committee Chair, Rainbow List Project, GLBT Round Table, American Library Association, 2015-2016
  • Committee Member, Rainbow List Project, GLBT Round Table, American Library Association, 2014-2015
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Digital Frontiers Digital Humanities Conference, University of North Texas, 2014
  • Co-founder, Queer Book Club, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, UIUC, Spring 2013-Summer 2014
  • Co-facilitator, Inclusions and Exclusion in Community Informatics (formerly Reading Around Race), reading group for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, UIUC, Fall 2012-Spring 2013
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