Started in Wisconsin, went on a little Midwestern tour through Iowa and Illinois and ended up in the East. Pennsylvania to be exact. It's got the same sort of charm as southern Wisconsin with hills that are tricky after biking in flat Illinois.
I'm currently a reference and instruction librarian for the Penn State University Libraries. I came to Pennsylvania from Illinois after finishing up my Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am a proud alumna of Coe College in Cedar Rapids Iowa where I received a Bachelor of Arts in English, with minors in French and Writing (rhetoric and creative nonfiction).
My focus in librarianship includes digital and information literacy, community informatics, and community engagement. My favorite group of users to work with and instruct are elementary students and undergraduates (which have a lot more in common with each other than you might think). I'm interested in how people critically think and use technology. I enjoy teaching others and feel that the best collaborations come with a visible and constant presence paired with lots of enthusiasm. As a librarian, I feel it's important to meet a community where they are and provide resources they want. This requires extensive relationship building for trust to be formed.
I seek out adventures, challenges, and rewarding work. I value building friendships and understanding the world I live in. Community building is something I focus much of my energy on because I believe that being a part of a community allows me to serve the community better. I believe in being both an critical consumer of technology as well as an active producer.
Thanks for exploring my website and if you'd like to get in touch, feel free to contact me through one of my social media platforms or email me at hailley(dot)fargo(at)gmail(dot)com.