Mel Gooch

melgooch@gmail.com

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • 11 years of public library service, including 7 years of supervisory experience
  • 8 years of committee experience, working in teams and on independent assignments
  • Significant reference, programming, training, and collection development skills and experience
  • Team player, both as a peer and as a manager
  • Extensive experience working with diverse populations

EDUCATION

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ - Master of Library and Information Science, 2002

New York University, New York, NY - Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology, 1996

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

June 2011 - Present :
Librarian II - Branch Manager: San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA
Bernal Heights Branch
  • Supervise three librarians and seven technical support staff
  • Responsible for monthly and weekly scheduling of branch staff
  • Maintain adult branch collection by ordering new materials and weeding the collection
  • Coordinate and conduct adult programming and outreach
  • Compile statistics and created monthly branch reports
  • Responsible for yearly evaluations of branch staff
  • Provide reference services and computer help on a daily basis
  • Committees: Reference Committee, Staff Training and Development Committee, Diversity in Programming Committee, Adult Programming Subcommittee, New Adult Fiction Selection Committee
  • Programs: eBook classes, Pinterest for Beginners, Pinterest for Professional Use, Green Saturdays @ Bernal, Book a Librarian

October 2010 - June 2011 :
Librarian II - Branch Librarian: Richmond Public Library, Richmond, CA
West Side Branch
  • Oversaw daily operations at branch library and supervised three part-time support staff
  • Maintained branch collection by ordering new materials and weeding the collection
  • Compiled statistics and created monthly branch reports
  • Responsible for yearly evaluations of branch staff
  • Provided reference services and computer help on a daily basis
  • Maintained biography collection at Main Library
  • Programs: adult book discussion

March 2009 - September 2010 :
Supervising Librarian II - Adult Cluster Specialist: Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY
09/09 - 09/10 Cluster 8 (Arlington, Brownsville, Cypress Hills, New Lots, Spring Creek, and Stone Avenue Branches)
03/09 - 09/09 Cluster 2 (Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Pacific, Park Slope, and Red Hook Branches)
  • Supervised up to ten Adult Services Librarians, adult programming, and adult collections at six branch libraries
  • Trained Adult Librarians in collection development, programming, and other areas as needed
  • Ordered adult materials through Baker &Taylor Title Source 3
  • Provided reference services and computer help on a daily basis
  • Programs for adults: book discussion, job and career program, one-on-one computer help, crochet for beginners
  • Committees: Reference Resources Advisory Committee, Adult Cluster Specialist Steering Committee, HealthCampNYC Unconference Committee, Web Steering Committee

December 2005 - February 2009 :
Senior Librarian III - Library Information Supervisor Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY
4/06-2/09 Greenpoint Branch
12/05-4/06 Marcy Branch
  • Supervised three librarians and five support staff
  • Responsible for monthly and weekly scheduling of librarians
  • Trained two new librarians and assisted with librarian training in other branches
  • Ordered adult materials using Baker &Taylor Title Source 3
  • Completed Brooklyn Public Library Leadership Forum 2008
  • Reorganized library collection to enhance usability and to open up space for a new teen area
  • Recruited members of the community to form a new Friends Group in 2007 which has raised over $8,000 to date
  • Created new adult programming including a monthly book swap and a book group that met at a local restaurant, and taught Internet Basics and crochet for beginners
  • Formed a new teen crochet club and a teen gaming program
  • Provided reference services and computer help on a daily basis
  • Served on the following committees: BPL ThinkTank Committee, Reference Resources Advisory Committee, Book A Librarian Committee, Library Information Supervisor Steering Committee

August 2002 - December 2005 :
Senior Librarian - Adult Services Specialist Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY
Leonard Branch
  • Implemented weeding project and reorganization of library materials
  • Established a new adult book discussion group
  • Taught computer and crochet classes for adults, and created a new teen crochet club
  • Created and taught a four-part weekly computer class at local senior center
  • Provided reference services and computer help on a daily basis
  • Trained all branch staff on Millennium software
  • Supervised training of teen staff hired to shelve books

October 2001 - June 2002 :
Research Assistant Rutgers University Department of Library and Information Science New Brunswick, NJ
  • Gathered data for research projects and compiled results into database
  • Conducted literature reviews
  • Prepared PowerPoint presentations for class lectures

January 1998 - August 1998:
Part-time Library Aide/ Part-Time Library Clerk North Salem Middle/High School, North Salem, NY
  • Assisted students with research projects
  • Selected and cataloged materials for the collection
  • Provided circulation services
  • Conducted database and Internet searches for students

SKILLS

  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Millennium Circulation System, Web 2.0, very familiar with Mac and Microsoft operating systems
  • Research Skills: Extensive catalog, database, and online searching experience
  • Craft Skills: Crocheting, sewing, and needle felting

PRESS

Book Exchange at Greenpoint Library
PLA 2010 Conference: Reaching 'Quarter-Life'; Adults and Young Professionals
Urban Library Council Member Innovations 2012

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Public Library Association Conference March 2010 :
Revitalizing Communication and Professional Development Through Unconferences: The Brooklyn Public Library and Darien Public Library Experiments

If You Didn't Work Here, Would You Come Here?

VOLUNTEER WORK

March 2009 - September 2010
Friends of Greenpoint LibraryBrooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY

melgooch@gmail.com
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