Where does a decade of college across two states resulting in four degrees lead? A public library career with hobbies of making, board game design, and genealogy.
It took me a few years to find my way to libraryland. Once I was hired at a public library in Ohio, I learned about digitizing and local history collections. This inspired a career choice that led me from the fields I had previously studied, but also felt like it was an extension of those. I currently am the Technology Training Specialist at the Delaware County District Library where I teach computer and STEAM classes and run a maker lab with fabrication tools such as 3D printers and sewing machines.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried my hand at designing board games. I had a few ideas that haven’t gone too far. My two biggest games are Astroventure and Compact Carnival, though I have a slew of other ideas waiting in the wings.. Along the way I’ve gone to conventions, demoed my game, and received a lot of great feedback from play testers. My games are all currently on hiatus as I find the time to dive back into design. One way I’ve attempted to blend my library and game design work is the introduction of a board game collection at the library I work at. Since the collection launched in 2015, it has been a notable success and continues to improve over time.