Fayetteville Free Library, Fayetteville, NY, 2012-Current (Director of Play to Learn Services)
- Design, develop, and implement the library’s early literacy program
- Strategically budget for evolution and shifts in early literacy programs, services, and collections
- Manage and develop the library’s collection of picture books, board books, and readers
- Build community and partnerships through outreach
- Plan and implement innovative STEAM programming for children
- Provide reference services and on-demand technology assistance
- Collaboratively designed, planned, and executed a week long “Geek Girl Camp 2014” to encourage interest in STEM learning, for 44 girls grades 3-5.
- Created and implemented a project plan for a “Little Makerspace”
- Designed and created pages for library website redesign (http://fflib.org/just-for/kids)
American Library Association, Chicago IL, Spring 2013-Summer 2014 (Independent Contractor)
- Collaboratively identified key priorities for Barbara Stripling’s presidential term
- Designed and maintained ALA President Barbara Stripling’s website: org
- Managed Stripling’s social media presence throughout her presidential term
- Generated content for presidential speaking engagements and keynotes
- Assisted President Stripling at the Annual and Midwinter conferences
Global Enterprise Technology Program, Syracuse University – Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant (2012-Present)
Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport, NY – Circulation Clerk, Intern (Summer 2012)
Sweet Briar College Library, Sweet Briar, VA – Circulation Clerk, Student Supervisor (2008-2012)
American Library Association Member, 2012-Present
Assistant to ALA President Barbara Stripling, 2013-Present
Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Member, 2013-Present
Member of the Membership Development Committee, LITA, 2013-Present
Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Member, 2013-Present
Member of Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee, 2014-Present
Guest Blogger – “Little Makers” Post, ALSC Blog, February 2014
Guest Blogger – “Music and Movement” Post, ALSC Blog, November 2014
New York Library Association (NYLA) Member, 2012-Present
Reference and Adult Services Section (RASS) Member, 2013-Present
RASS Board Member, Web Liaison, 2013-2014
Little eLit Blog, Web Administrator (July 2014-Present)
Technical Competencies: Adobe Creative Suite | Joomla and WordPress CMS | Microsoft Office
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, HootSuite, WordPress, Instagram, Flickr
•Well-developed verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills •Strong leadership and organizational talents •Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently •Knowledge of children’s literature and programming, as well as child development •Experience providing early literacy programming •Professional experience in print media, social media, marketing and graphic design •Demonstrated commitment to professional development and committee work in professional organizations •Event/conference planning •Grant writing •Public speaking. •Knowledge of computers, software applications and emerging technologies
Conferences and Presentations:
YSS Spring Conference 2015, Islandia, NY (March 2015): “No Makerspace Required” and “New Directions for Summer Learning @ Your Library”
Families Learning Summit, Houston, TX (March 2015): “The Future of Literacy in Libraries: STEM & Beyond”: The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) engages families through the development of deeper learning skills through literacy and STEM-based programs. We know that families learn best through content rich, play-based experiences that link abstract concepts to applied activities. So, we have designed spaces that promote STEM literacy skills, and services that bring early learning home to families. In this session, participants will discover innovative ways to implement STEM literacy into programming for ages 0 to 100. We will explore new ways to engage families around digital literacy and STEM learning through programs like Science Storytime, Tinker Tots, Creation Club, First Lego League, and Geek Girl Camp. Attendees will leave the session with practical ways to engage families around digital literacy and STEM learning, including ways to rethink existing spaces, collections, programs and services.
Toyota Innovation Showcase at the Families Learning Summit, Houston TX (March 2015): “The FFL’s Summer of STEM”: The Fayetteville Free Library engages families through the development of deeper learning skills through literacy and STEM-based programs. We know that families learn best through content rich, play-based experiences that link abstract concepts to applied activities. So, this past summer we developed a myriad of programs that combine literacy, STEM, and play. Our summer of STEM included Tinker Tots, Young Scientists, Extreme Weather, Geek Girl Camp, Modding Minecraft, Daytime Astronomy, and more. Come by to learn about these programs and experience the thrill of hands on learning for yourself, through constructive play and emerging technology.
NYLA 2013 Annual Conference, Niagara Falls, NY (September 2013): Pecha Kucha Session-“Re-imagining Space.” Space will always be an opportunity and a challenge in libraries. Often, there is a limited amount of it, which can leave librarians frustrated when they work to add to theirservices. We will discuss how the Fayetteville Free Library has reimagined. By reimagining and redefining our spaces and our services continuously, we ensure that we are providing the best experience possible for our patrons TODAY. During our Petcha Kutcha we will offer suggestions for savvy uses of space by highlighting two newly renovated spaces at the FFL: the Family Room and Little Makers area. Meredith Levine will discuss the importance of play in developing early literacy skills, and how we redesigned a space formerly used for storytimes into the new FFL Family Room. Stephanie Prato will explain how we repurposed an underutilized corner of the Children’s room and turned it into a Little Makers area that provides an opportunity for our patrons, ages 5-8, to imagine, create, build, and make.
BOCES Tech Camp, Rochester, NY (July 2013) About makerspaces and their potential in school libraries. Meredith Levine and Stephanie Prato will discuss the FFL’s spaces and makerspaces, places for free making and for specific designed to support discovery and learning, and to build literacy and STEAM skills. They will discuss how this making can be adopted in school libraries, and how makerspaces support the library’s mission while increasing student (and teacher) engagement.
Imagining America 2013 National Conference, Syracuse, NY (October 2013): “Academic Conferences, Unconferences, & Reciprocity: The risks and rewards of emerging forms of community engagement.” Sarah Bratt (MLIS student, Syracuse University), Stephanie Prato (MLIS student, Syracuse University), Emily Janke (Director, Institute for Community & Economic Engagement, University of North Carolina at Greensboro),and Kristin Medlin (Communications & Partnerships Manager, Institute for Community & Economic Engagement, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) will explore the differences between mutual benefit and reciprocity and discuss steps towards increasing the level of reciprocity in academic-led conferences with the unconference model as one such solution.
Annual Institute on the Library as Place, Toronto, Ontario (July 2013): “If Not for the Library – Makerspaces in Libraries: Creating access to transformative technologies and opportunities.” Margaret Portier and Stephanie C. Prato of Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) in upstate NY shared the FFL experience developing and evolving their Digital Creation Lab , FabLab and details of their unique making and creating programming. They also shared how the FFL has challenged assumptions, identified barriers and engaged the community.
Spaces + Places Unconference 2013, Syracuse, NY (February 2013): Planned the event with three other Syracuse MLIS Students.
ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Website (February 2013- Present): I designed and maintained Barbara’s website prior to and during her ALA Presidency. I promoted her Presidential Initiative and provided access to tools, and resources through this web portal.
Fayetteville Free Library’s Little Makers Area (May 2013- Present): I developed and executed a project plan, with the FFL Team, for a makerspace in the Fayetteville Free Library, designed for children ages 5-8. The Little Makers area is designed to allow building, making, creating, and sharing. It is the first step on a continuum that never ends; making is for all ages, one to one hundred. The space directly reflects the FFL’s mission “to provide free and open access to ideas and information,” and the supplies and technologies provided therein l encourages the development of STEAM skills and transliteracy competencies, which are core elements of the youth services program.
Music and Movement, Fayetteville Free Library (Summer 2014- Present)
Little Makers Programs, Fayetteville Free Library (Fall 2013- Present)
Storytimes, Fayetteville Free Library (Fall 2013- Present)
Tinker Tots, Fayetteville Free Library (Summer 2014- Present)
IST 511 Introduction to Library Science
IST558 Technologies in Web Content Management
IST 600 Grant Writing
IST 605 Reference & Information Literacy Services
IST 613 Library Planning, Marketing, Assessment
IST 614 Management Principals for Information Professionals
IST 616 Information Resources: Organization & Access
IST 618 Information Policy
IST 635 Collection Development & Access
IST 659 Data Administration Concepts & Database Management
IST 667 Information Technology in Libraries
IST 719 Information Visualization
IST 971 Internship in Information Studies
Publicity and Promotions:
Fundraising Campaign: Designed print and web media for the Fayetteville Free Library’s Green Space Campaign.
Program Flyers: Designed and created the following flyers to promote various programs at the Fayetteville Free Library.
Branding/Awareness: “In the Stalls” Newsletter created for the FFL.
Coursework & Projects:
IST511: Video Project “So You Want to Be a Librarian“
IST605: Pathfinder on Intertextuality