Lincoln Traveling Exhibit | Summer 2012
In July 2012, the Lewisville Public Library was proud to host “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War”––a national traveling exhibit sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Constitution Center, and the American Library Association. The library was 1 of only 8 Texas institutions selected to host the exhibit.
I was responsible for writing and submitting the application to host the exhibit and receive the $750 grant. Then as coordinator of the project, I led a small team in preparing the library to host the exhibit which included planning and marketing related programs and events. Over 5,400 people visited the exhibited during its month-long run at the Lewisville Public Library, with 357 in attendance at the 10 related programs.
The exhibit kick-off event featured an educational lecture by a university Professor of History, followed by a period musical presentation from a Civil War historian. Mr. Lincoln himself even made an appearance!
The programs held over the next 4 weeks included an additional scholarly lecture, film screenings, presentations on the life of civil war soldiers, and a music presentation by the Heritage Brass Band of Dallas. In addition, I created a “Trivia Trek” which took the visitor through the exhibit by asking them a set of questions to which they were charged with finding the answers. Those that completed the Trivia Trek were entered into a drawing for a gift card donated by the Friends of the Library.
In conjunction with the Lincoln exhibit, I curated a secondary exhibit titled “The Civil War in the Lone Star State” that featured Civil War artifacts on loan from the Pearce Museum at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.
The exhibit was a rousing success for the Lewisville Public Library! Visitors to the library were incredibly excited about the exhibit, and attendees to the programs were appreciative of the educational opportunity that the exhibit and related programs provided.
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Women Airforce Service Pilots Exhibit | March 2011
In honor of Women’s History Month in March 2011, I coordinated an exhibit at the Lewisville Public Library of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II. I secured the loan of the exhibit from the Woman’s Collection at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, the official archive of the WASPs. The exhibit and display featured a history of the WASPs, photographs, replica uniform, and other artifacts.
Lewisville ISD students and local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops were invited to visit the exhibit. I created a ‘scavenger hunt’ with questions from the exhibit for students and young visitors to utilize as a learning tool. Several high school History classes were required to visit the exhibit and complete the scavenger hunt as a class assignment. I conducted speaking tours of the exhibit for 8 local Girl Scout troops (91 attendees).
The exhibits’ visit to the Lewisville Public Library culminated with the screening of the PBS American Experience film “Fly Girls,” a documentary on the history and experience of the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
- Coordinated a regional professional development group called RefNet after the group had been dormant for several years. RefNet provides an opportunity for library staff in the North Texas region to network, share ideas, discuss issues, and receive training and information. I evaluated interest in restarting the group, planned and hosted the first meeting, scheduled subsequent quarterly meetings, and created an online presence including a website and Facebook page.
- Newsletter editor for the Lewisville Public Library print newsletter and calendar. Responsible for gathering and editing information; designing and distributing the newsletter
- Requested to design marketing materials for other City of Lewisville departments (ex. Saddle Up for Western Week city poster; Where the West Begins art exhibit poster)
- Curated artifact display at Lewisville Public Library celebrating the 100th birthday of Girl Scouting in the USA and honoring Women’s History Month (March 2012)
- Instrumental in implementation of Text A Librarian and instant message reference services at Texas Woman’s University Blagg-Huey Library. Tasked with researching available options and recommending the best choice, wrote proposals, and promoted services through blog posts and web pages.
- Statistics and data coordinator for Reference Department at Texas Woman’s University Library. Responsible for collecting, tracking, and analyzing statistical data for the entire department, compiling monthly reports, contributing to special reports, and compiling the extensive Reference Department annual report.
- Took initiative to write and present a thoroughly researched proposal to library administration seeking the acquisition of an online subject guide tool called LibGuides for Texas Woman’s University Libraries. Created and distributed an online survey to gather data from other libraries, consulted with co-workers, wrote proposal, presented proposal to Assistant Director. Resulted in the TWU Libraries acquiring LibGuides.