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Nena Schvaneveldt

Although I was born and raised in the suburbs, I consider Salt Lake City home. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah with a minor in French. I had intended to go into secondary education, but found it wasn’t exactly sitting right. I decided to take some time off after I graduated and figure out what I was going to do. There’s always graduate school, right?

I took a job as an administrative assistant at a local proprietary school, and when a job opening for a librarian came up, I went from thinking “I could do that” to “that’s what I want to do for a living!” I earned a Master of Science in Library & Information Science from Drexel University in March 2011. My coursework has focused mainly on public librarianship and youth services, but I find I enjoy helping people of all ages find the information they need.

I’m especially interested in youth services, reference work, and direct service to the public. I enjoy working in teams and am used to doing “other duties as assigned.” Having worked in the non-profit industry for the past three years, I have become dedicated to public service. I’m also interested in technology and how it’s changing library spaces, including using social media as an educational and outreach tool.

I enjoy running, knitting, creative writing (I have completed three novels as a part of National Novel Writing Month), training my two mixed-breed dogs, and, of course, reading.

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