Tutor profile: Mattie C.
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I'm Mattie Cook, a professional librarian. I completed my Master of Library and Information Science degree at Wayne State University and have been happily employed in libraries in Illinois and Michigan every since. For the past four years, I have worked in library administration, but I started my career as a teen librarian and circulation supervisor. I enjoy many hobbies, including reading, researching, and spending time with my dogs.
While completing my undergraduate education at Michigan State University, I worked for two years as a tutor for the Upward Bound program. This was an amazing opportunity to provide real-time reference services to area youth and the experience led me to pursuing a career working in libraries. In addition, in my final year at MSU, I volunteered as a tutor for the university's Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture program, and was able to work one-on-one with students to conduct research and improve writing skills for the program's classes. As...
Wayne State University
Library and Information Science
2013 - 2014
Michigan State University
2009 - 2012
Flat River Community Library, Director
2018 - Present
-Comprehensive library management, including managing 19-person staff, $1-million budget, all-ages programming, building and grounds, and collection development and maintenance -Participate in community outreach and serve on library-related committees -Initiated and implemented all-ages fine forgiveness program, and went fines-free in July 2019 -Assist in planning and preparation for county library millage -Led the library through equipment repairs, including humidifiers, air conditioners, building controls, electronic messaging center, and...
Lake Odessa Community Library, Director
2016 - 2018
-Management of 6-person staff, creation of evaluation processes and job descriptions -Comprehensive policy reform, including updated procedures following legal guidelines and to ensure compliance with Rural Development loan requirements -Oversee planning and expenditures for budget, and apply for grants to supplement revenue -Implement all-ages programming, including the development of a young adult programming series -Participated in local organizations and served on library-related committees -Installed and managed Little Free Library in...
River Grove Public Library, Head of Circulation Services
2016 - 2016
-Managed the library’s 9-person circulation department -Developed and maintained the library’s adult collections based upon reports and community input -Worked with staff to develop programs and services for patrons -Provided reference and readers' advisory services to library patrons
River Grove Public Library, Young Adult Librarian
2015 - 2016
-Planned and delivered programming for youths ages 9 to 17 -Developed young adult fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novel collections -Performed outreach at local schools and events, and used social media for promotion -Provided reference and readers' advisory services to library patrons
Ionia Sentinel-Standard, Reporter
2013 - 2015
-Wrote, edited, and published more than 1,000 articles for daily newspaper -Conducted in-depth interviews and research to support articles -Used photography, video, and social media as mediums to enhance coverage
Michigan State University's Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture Program, Tutor
2012 - 2013
Worked with students enrolled in WRA courses to conduct research, understand citation and formatting guidelines, and execute correct grammar for college-level essays.
Michigan State University Upward Bound Program, Tutor
2011 - 2013
-Assisted high school students with completing homework assignments -Provided classroom-style instruction to students on a variety of topics -Supported the development of research, writing, and critical thinking techniques
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