Zoey Nelson –CO 2017

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-9-38-32-pm“My name is Zoey Wyn Nelson. I graduated from the University of Denver in June of 2013, and have worked in libraries ever since. My experience is diverse: I have run an entire high school library program; worked as a material handler and as customer experience specialist in a public library; and most recently I have worked in the material services department maintaining the collection and getting new items out to the branches.

I want to share that attending the Public Library Conference last year was so much fun and awe inspiring (my bag was so heavy with ARCs), and affirmed my desire to work in this magic filled vocation. Also, Information Professionals know how to throw a party. It would have been even more fun and amazing to do that with my fellow cohorts! I’m excited to continue expanding my network alongside the rest of CO17.”

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Jeannine Linnane –OP 2017

screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-12-37-27-pmI began my career as a reporter after getting a B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities then an M.A. in political reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

I worked for six years in Eastern Oregon (the dry side of the state) for two newspapers and learned to like rodeo, enjoy smaller towns but learned I’m a city kid at heart. I took a job as the statehouse bureau chief for the Wichita Eagle moved back to the Midwest and covered Kansas politics in Topeka for four Legislative sessions while living in Lawrence. I’m now the director of communications for the Kansas Department of Revenue.

While I lived in Oregon, I was also active in the local Society of Professional Journalists chapter the serving as both the president and vice president. I helped expand membership outreach activities, began a training component in First Amendment rights with local high schools and represented the chapter at the national conference.

I’m originally from the Kansas City-area and now live in Northeast Johnson County with my husband and our 1-year-old son. We are both avid readers and are working on building a library in our house, and our wedding reception was in a library.

Katie Althoff — OP 2017

screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-12-38-38-pmMy name is Katie Althoff. I am interested in serving as a representative for the Overland Park Cohort. I currently work for The Midwest Genealogy Center, part of Mid-­‐Continent Public Library System. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Teaching English to Language Learners; I have a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and am currently working towards a Master of Library Science Degree.

I have worked in public and academic libraries throughout the past 17 years as a way to financially support myself through school and as a complementary job while teaching. Service organizations I have volunteered with include, Special Olympics, Habitats for Humanity, and Harvesters. The past three years I have served on a council that benefits local youth leaders and youth. Each of these service opportunities has given me experience in event planning, volunteer coordinating, organizing service projects, and collecting monetary donations.

I enjoy serving and looking for ways to make a difference in the world around me. How can I help SCALA?



Andrew Schafer

I have just started my second year in the SLIM program and have chosen not to pursue a concentration because there is not one particular aspect of librarianship that I am most interested in. I have a BS in Anthropology from Washburn University.

While I haven’t been employed at a library yet, I caught the library bug from working inAndrew Schafer profile - Andrew Schafer the Records Unit of the Topeka Police Department. In my current position, I assist customers in fulfilling their information needs in regards to police and legal matters. My assistance is mainly directional in nature, but I have to perform a brief interview to assess customers’ needs and determine a course of action. I especially enjoy the challenge of finding records about which I’ve been given little information and the satisfaction of providing a pleasant and helpful service experience. My goal is to defy the stereotype of the bureaucrat, assisting customers to the best of my ability and, if I’m unable to, providing informed referrals to the agency that will be able to fulfill their need.

If given the option, I would most like to work in public libraries, preferably in a reference librarian position. However, as I learn more about the different roles and functions within libraries, I’ve found things that I like about most positions within libraries, so could really see myself landing anywhere. I have a passion for organization, learning, and organization.

In my spare time, I like having fun with my wife and daughters, eating interesting food, listening to audiobooks, and trying to understand the nature of reality.

Daniel Agbaji

Hi! I am DANIEL Agbaji and this is my first year in the SLIM program. I got my Bachelor of Technology in Library and Information Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Minna-Nigeria. My double major background during my undergraduate WIN_20160914_09_02_02_Pro - DANIEL Agbajistudy, created the opportunity for me to work as an Information technology professional and also as a librarian. With my technological skills, I have worked with IT firms and taught Computer Science as a subject for high school students. While using my librarianship skills to work as a school librarian and a library science subject teacher back home in Nigeria.

My interest in pursuing a master in the SLIM program is to further my career as a librarian and information professional. I have interest in academic librarianship, and I look forward to become an instructor in a library science school someday after my acquiring my Ph.D. For me learning is a lifelong thing and I am not planning to stop any soon. I look forward to work with and learn from everyone as the opportunity provides itself. Thank you!