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emily e. neal

professional bibliophile

aspiring author

internet gremlin

Librarian Portfolio 

i’m emmy, a librarian in chicago

I grew up 35 miles north of Chicago on the lake before leaving for college to study in New Orleans, Berlin, and get my Masters degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. I am a voracious reader who is never as happy as when I am recommending books. As a collector of hobbies, I knit, bake bread, love historical dramas, and hold a number of plants hostage. I have two dogs and more than a thousand books.

my philosophy

programming promotes community

from book clubs to money management–no programs should be considered out of bounds for libraries; teens particularly need free spaces to build find themselves.

good collections are collections that circulate

public libraries were not designed to be storage spaces, and most don’t have the space to save everything, weeding is the best way a librarian can stay tuned in to their collection.

anchor your library through outreach

libraries can only be vital to communities if their communities know what they have on offer; connecting with teachers, schools, and local groups for outreach is the best kind of marketing available.

from the blog

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