Below are your elected officers for the 2016-2017 school year. They will be working hard to uphold the Emporia State University SCALA Constitution and to promote your involvement in your chapter. Feel free to contact them anytime you have questions, suggestions, or comments and look forward to getting to know them this year as you get more involved with your student chapter of ALA. For details about specific officer duties, see the SCALA Constitution.

 President – Jessica Fredrickson

picI’m a teacher turned library lady loving my new life in the stacks!  This fall marks my third semester with the ESU Colorado 2016 Cohort.  Formerly I was a kindergarten teacher with a BA in English and Elementary Education.  My favorite part of the day was inspiring a love of literacy in my littles.  Nowadays my favorite time of the day is still storytime, but connecting patrons of all ages to new books, community resources and information comes in at a close second.  In the rare moments when I’m not working on homework, I enjoy hiking in my beautiful state, blogging, reading, volunteering as a tutor, and trying (often failing) to make Pinterest-inspired projects!  My professional passions include development, early literacy and community outreach.

My greatest joy as President is getting to work with such hardworking officers all dedicated to one thing- you!  I’m truly excited by the team we’ve put together this year.  Whether you’re new to the field or a longtime library professional, we are committed to supporting and enriching your SLIM experience at ESU.  Our door is always open to new ideas and your input.  In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

Contact Jessica at jfredri2[at]g.emporia.edu

Vice President – Jill Cook

scala-picture-1I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Information Resource Studies from Emporia State University. My B.S. has prepared me for pursuing my interest in Library Science by providing me the knowledge and foundation of information seeking behaviors, as well as helping others become proficient in accessing a variety of information efficiently and effectively. During my practicum at Emporia High School in the fall semester of 2010, I realized the value of a library and the multiple roles it plays in the learning and adapting of information-seeking individuals. I enjoyed the interactions with students and staff, and most importantly, the sense of accomplishment once an answer to a question was resolved.

I’m a wife, mother, runner, and MLS student at ESU with a concentration in librarianship for children and young adults. I currently work for the ESU SBDC as a coordinator, but hope to switch to a public or academic library after completing my MLS.

Contact Jill at jcook11[at]g.emporia.edu

Secretary – Amanda Wahlmeier


I grew up in WaKeeney and Phillipsburg, KS, and recently moved to Emporia from Concordia, KS. I’m in my second year as a graduate student at SLIM and am pursuing the archives concentration. I work as a graduate assistant in the SLIM office and as a nights and weekends supervisor at the Emporia Public Library. I have a BA in History and International Studies from Baker University and an MA in History with an emphasis in Early Irish History from University College Dublin. I love history, books, musicals, and vanilla milkshakes. In my spare time I like to read, cross stitch, and travel.

Contact Amanda at awahlmei[at]g.emporia.edu.

Treasurer – Brady Lund

I am in my first year of the MLS program after graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. It was one of those things where you get three-and-a-half years into a program and then decide it’s not really what you want to do. Who knows where I’ll go from here. It’ll be interesting for sure.
I care about optimizing the efficiency of organizations by allowing each member of the organization utilize their particular strengths, by encouraging creativity, and through collaborative decision making. I’m always looking to empirically evaluate how things are done, and consider potential modes of improvement. I see the value in blending tradition and innovation. Technology is a bad word. It tells you nothing. A wheel is a technology. But it’s nothing unless someone affixes it to an engine and uses it for transportation.
I welcome any of our SCALA members to bring suggestions of ideas they would like considered as to how to improve how we serve you, particularly in raising funds – since I am the treasurer.
Believe it or not, I’m not a big fan of reading – I mean I engage in the pastime on occasion but not nearly as frequently as one might assume – but to me, that’s not what libraries are about. I like learning new things. I like to explore places. I like museums. I like hip-hop music, but not so much rap music. And, yes, I drive a Chevy Uplander. It’s very convenient for taking naps.
Contact Brady at blund2[at]g.emporia.edu

Events Coordinator – Caitlin Burk

Webmaster – Amanda Harrison

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-3-59-57-pm    After way too much education I started a master’s degree at Emporia State University in the SLIM department.  One thing led to another and I’m now in the PhD program.  I’m happy to say that I’ve finished all the qualifying exams and have one year before I have to get serious about a dissertation.

During the week I work as a librarian in the USD 418 school district for four different school libraries. I am also a high school journalism teacher, online instructor for the University of Central Missouri, mom of two, pig owner, board member of the local preschool, and webmaster for SCALA.

Contact Amanda at aharri10@g.emporia.edu


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