Suzanne Maley

Librarian 3
Ocean County Library

NJ - County: 

Areas of Expertise
  • Youth Services
  • Children's Collections
  • Children's Diversity Programs
Types of Libraries I have worked in
  • Public
About Me

I have been a Youth Services Librarian with the Ocean County Library for 23 years, including 11 years managing large branch Youth Services departments.  I have worked at five different branches of varying sizes which gives me a good perspective on providing library services to children and their caregivers within different communities.  Serving individual community needs is important to providing excellent customer service. 

I have been involved in working with some aspect of Youth Services collections throughout this time.  When I started, children's librarians selected all the materials for their location.  We then moved to centralized selection.  I was a system selector of children's AV materials and then moved to selecting children's fiction and specialized children's materials for all the large and medium size branches.  I am experienced with all aspects of collection management. 

Serving a diverse population has always been important to me.  From the start I conducted programs, prepared displays and sought out materials that would support a diverse population.  I joined the system Diversity Committee shortly after it formed.  I also served on the Diversity Committee's Collection subcommittee that started with our first initiative: Libros y Mas.  We worked with system selectors to take over the selection of diverse materials for subsequent diversity initiatives. Along with another staff member, I also worked with members of the Lakewood Orthodox Jewish community to select materials that were acceptable for children of this community.

I have mentored many people over the years and truly enjoy helping new youth services staff.

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