Tutor profile: Megan M.
Subject: Library and Information Science
Your public library is applying for a national grant to host a Holocaust exhibit. State and discuss why your library would like to host the exhibit, as well as why it is important to share the exhibit with the public.
The Fiction Public Library district covers 1,893 square miles over three counties in rural Kansas. Agriculture and farming is a priority throughout the district. While the library district is within a reasonable drive to an urban area, affordability of travel can be a barrier for some library patrons. Bookville, the closest major city, offers racial and religious diversity that simply is not present in Fiction’s community. According to the US Census over 94% of the library’s population service area identifies as white only and there are no non-Christian houses of worship throughout the library’s service area. While the distinct lack of racial and religious diversity in the library district could be interpreted as a weakness; bringing the Holocaust exhibition to the community opens up opportunities for discussions, idea sharing, and questioning -- what would I have done? Fiction Public Library wants to offer the community an opportunity to experience a professionally curated exhibition. The library district wants to promote the end of hatred and prejudice, while encouraging the community to consider the past, so future religious persecution and genocide might be prevented. Additionally, the library district has nearly completed a multi-million dollar building project in which six new buildings were built and two other buildings renovated. The Page branch opens on August 21, 2020 and will include a large meeting space. It is the goal of the library district to use the meeting room space to host exhibitions, the Holocaust, as the previous building lacked the space for such opportunities. The three primary goals the library district has for this project are to strengthen and broaden the scope of our community partnerships, capitalize on public interest in the topic of the Holocaust, and to provide an educational opportunity that raises awareness of the Holocaust.
Summarize a book you recently read and enjoyed. Why might it appeal to others?
No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louis Snyder takes what you think you know about domestic violence and turns it on its side. Snyder spent several years researching and studying domestic violence in the United States and throughout this work peels back the complex layers of the epidemic. This work of non-fiction reads like fiction, hooking you into a threatening and violent domestic experience of a family in Montana. No Visible Bruises is for anyone who has read, heard, and wondered why she/he did not leave the violent situation; or questioned why the police and justice system were not able to stop a domestically violent individual. The conclusion of the book leaves the reader with a better understanding of the gaps that exist in our "system" and the work that is being done to close the gaps, as well as programs that are being used to help victims and perpetrators, to end the cycle of domestic violence.
Compose a cover letter to accompany an application for a job outside of your current career field.
Dear Hiring Manager: When I read the Project Coordinator (16-396) posting, I felt I had just read about a job in which I could excel. As a self-described people-person, I am energized by a team environment in the workplace. I am service-orientated and work best in a setting in which I can lead a group to reach their potential. With 13 years of public service experience, I will bring to the position a diverse, blended and enthusiastic understanding of customer service and leadership skills. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to help lead my peers in various projects, as well as manage a team as we worked toward an end goal. During my tenure at the Perfect Town Library, I was responsible for managing the Pine Tree project for the libraries in my region. Additionally, I was able to take the leadership role in mentoring new staff members, as they prepared to liaise in their service area. It comes as no surprise that working in the public service industry brings about opportunity to interact with all types of people. In my professional experience, I have served the public at a circulation desk, worked alongside offenders to research case law, presented library programs in the community, as well as shared policy ideas with local and state administrations. Yet, no matter who I have worked with, I have relied on thoughtful communication as an absolute necessity for success. During the course of my professional experience I have been able develop my communication and inter-personal skills. My service area as a Development Coordinator was expansive and being able to detail changes to each library was important. The staff at the libraries were relying on me to keep them informed, explain changes and answer their questions. While not every conversation was easy, it taught me how to work through the challenges to find a resolution. A commitment and passion for serving both internal and external customers, in addition to a background in project management and strong communication skills are a few of the qualities that I will bring to Pretend Hospitality. I will be relocating to the area in the near future and I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you to discuss my qualifications further. I look forward to hearing from you and discussing what I can offer Pretend Hospitality.
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