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RESUME summary

Anchor 1
Professional ​
  • Energetic librarian with extensive experience in public and school libraries as well as the higher education setting

  • Actively contributes to current best practices and cultural competency initiatives within the areas of English literature, literacy, library science, and information science

  • Innovative leader in the field of Library and Information Science

  • Presenter at The Black Caucus of the American Library Association's 9th National Conference of African American Librarians with presentation titled "'Are We Social Workers Now?' The Emerging Presence of Social Workers in Urban Library Systems"

  • 2016-2017 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar 

Colorado College
Lead Teaching & Learning Librarian, Charles L. Tutt Library
2019 - 2020
  • Led, developed, and assessed library programs supporting teaching and learning 
  • Developed strategies to actively engage with students and scholars during all phases of the research process 
  • Worked collaboratively with faculty to design and teach course-integrated information literacy instruction
  • Built and maintained partnerships with other units on campus including the Writing Center and First Year Experience Program
  • Served as formal liaison to English and Journalism Departments 
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Research & Instruction Librarian, John M. Flaxman Library
2018 - 2019
  • Staffed reference desk offering research support to students and faculty

  • Supported circulation desk staff 

  • Offered library instruction in alignment with the School's curriculum

  • Developed information literacy lesson plans and library resource guides (Example: Critique & Critical Awareness)

  • Served as formal liaison to Contemporary Practices, Writing, and Art Education 

Nerinx Hall 
Librarian, English Department Faculty

​2016 - 2018


  • Head and Department Chair of the Information Materials Center including a Media Center and Resource Center

  • Managed three Library Assistants 

  • Served as information literacy educator for students and faculty

  • Utilized Alexandria library management software 

  • Oversaw cataloging, collection management, and student research support 

  • Conducted classroom visits to offer library instruction 

  • Taught college level courses: American Literature Honors and AP Literature 


St. Louis County Library (SLCL), Headquarters Branch
Youth Services Specialist II

​2015 - 2016


  • ​Planned and executed library programming including early literacy initiatives focusing on birth to age 3, including "Born to Read" and "Sing, Talk, & Read" campaigns

  • Located requested books on the shelves and in the library database using Millennium integrated library software

  • Presented outreach literacy programming to area schools 

  • Staff leader and creator of sensory based programming specifically designed for early childhood development 



St. Louis Public Library (SLPL), Carpenter Branch
Regional Youth Services Specialist 

​2014 - 2015


  • ​Managed the Youth Services Department including staff training, scheduling, and Youth Services reference desk

  • Provided management support to Youth Services Staff at two neighborhood branches

  • Developed staff training protocol and manual for new Youth Services employees

  • Compiled statistics and prepared both qualitative and quantitative statistics for branch monthly reports

  • Served as community liaison to local schools and partner organizatoins

  • Mastered the use of SirsiDynix library software

  • Oversaw Youth Services collection management including weeding and book purchasing from Baker & Taylor 

  • Served on various committees such as Early Education and a system-wide Youth Services Steering Committee

District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL), Tenley-Friendship Branch
Library Associate 

​2013 - 2014


  • Coordinated youth and adult programming

  • Designed and publicized marketing materials highlighting the library's collection and special events

  • Created displays centered on diversity and multicultural awareness for patrons utilizing the library's collection 

  • Provided reference services and readers' advisory in Youth Services Department 

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

​2016 - 2017


​Master of Library and Information Science 

2016-2017 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar 

Beta Phi Mu, Alpha Chapter/Anne M. Boyd Award Recipient

4.0 GPA


"Get to know Alison Rollins: master's student, librarian, and poet"

The iSchool at Illinois [October 18, 2016]

"MS student Alison Rollins receives Poetry Foundation fellowship"

The iSchool at Illinois [September 6, 2016]

"Nine students named 2016-2017 ALA Spectrum Scholars"

The iSchool at Illinois [June 6, 2016]

Howard University 

​2005 - 2009


Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Minor in English

Summa Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa

3.8 GPA

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