Bachelor’s Degree- English 1996
Master’s Degree – Education 2005
Foreign Language Instruction and Faculty Supervision – over 35 years
ESOL Instruction – Oxford Seminar Certification, cumulative 5 years classroom instruction, Levels 1-4 Cambridge Ventures Curriculum and Conversation Group Facilitation
Teacher Professional Development Expertise – Curriculum Design and Delivery, Instructional Strategies including: Total Physical Response, Whole Child Educational Experience, Understanding by Design, Philosophical Inquiry for Children, Parallel Parent/Child Instruction, Family Education, Differentiated Instruction, Brain Based Learning, Arts and Technology Integration, Modeling/Coaching, Assessment Design and Analysis, Institutional Goal and Program Alignment
I am the Director of Library Services at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, where I have worked for 10 years. I have my master’s degree in library and information science from the University of South Carolina, and an education doctorate in higher education leadership from Walden University. Previously, I served on the NEFLIN Board of Directors. My experiences in my job, as well as on the NEFLIN board, have helped me hone my skills in strategic planning, budgeting, and outcomes assessment. I also have experience working with various types of academic libraries, myself being the long-time director of the library at a for-profit, health sciences university. My research has focused on academic leadership topics including organizational learning, employee engagement, and innovation.
My journey as a school media specialist has led me on several different and challenging roles within our public school library services. I have also had the privilege to experience a management position within the Jacksonville Public Library System, as a Youth Services Librarian. My career began in the late 90’s as a classroom teacher specializing in Early Childhood Education in Pasco County, Florida. Within my first 5 years of teaching I had decided to return to the University of South Florida to ern my MLIS. I spent 14 years in Pasco and worked as a classroom teacher, team leader, school media specialist, Instructional Coach and District Trainer. There was much change happening in Pasco County, which I felt had/has dissolved the integrity of the Library/Media Services and is what led me to Hillsborough County. Hillsborough County still values and respects the work that we do as school media specialists. I was only in Hillsborough County for a little over 2 years before my family made the decision to relocated to the Saint Augustine area. The local school systems had no openings for school media specialists at that time. In a leap of faith, I applied to and secured a position as a Youth Services Librarian for the Jacksonville Public Library System. This was an amazing experience for me and provided me the inspiration and growth I needed professionally to return to the school system. I did in fact return to the school system for family reasons, but we always treasure my time there. Today, I am a school media specialist in a Title 1 school in St. John’s County. Our school was in dire need of a media center and information literacy breakthrough. Over the last two years, we have had much success in many areas. I look forward to our continued growth and student success!
As Head of Youth Services, Katherine Fuhrig has completely redesigned and updated the Young Adult and Juvenile rooms at Franklin T. DeGroodt Library. This was accomplished despite limited funding and resources by way of a hands on approach and a “thinking outside the box” mentality. The result has impacted program attendance, brought in new patrons, and even garnered a few awards from parent groups. There are 2 FLA Webinars (“Redesign Your Library on a Budget”) available for further information. Katherine has also won some local awards through Brevard County for various youth and community programs. In addition to teaching webinars and producing programs/events, she has graduated from the Sunshine State Library Leadership institute. Her SSLLI project on STEM/STEAM programming is ongoing, and involves the centralization of STEM/STEAM resources as well as continuing education and training for Youth Services staff.
For nineteen years, I have been performing information literacy services, reference, instruction, supervision, collection management, and outreach. Currently, I serve as a reference, teaching, and outreach librarian at Stetson University. I supervised between 15-18 library assistants and help manage the library building as the Information Desk Librarian at Lynn University (Boca Raton).
I am a writer and content creator and have developed accessible, instructional and promotional content for public and academic libraries. In sixteen years at the Birmingham Public Library, I gained much experience working in a multi-location environment in a variety of capacities. I developed the ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with all levels of the organization. I served on the Public Relations Committee for twelve years with staff from across the entire system. I also served on the social media and Library 2.0 committee, a group dedicated to creating digital assets such as tutorials and videos for teaching, training, and promoting library resources and services. I built the Twitter account and helped with many integrated marketing campaigns, working closing with internal staff as well as outside partners throughout the city of Birmingham to promote the library’s services and to tell the library’s story.
I have been fortunate to lead the Friends of the Library; create programming; devellop strategic plans; manage outreach; and provide high-quality instruction, research, and reference.
Howdy! I started volunteering in libraries when I was twelve and have never left, and have worked/volunteered in public, academic, school, or law libraries. I have been at Flagler College since graduating with my MA in Library Science from USF in 2007, and in 2012 I founded Special Collections at Flagler College. Other duties include serving as one of the internship supervisors, creating displays, reference, instruction, preservation and disaster preparation, and being one half of the team for Meet the Collections and Curators (a twice a semester event introducing students, staff, and faculty to the items housed in the Archives or Special Collections). Special Collections has one student worker whom I supervise.
I have many interests outside of work including taking part in living history demonstrations when the opportunity arises.
Entering my 33rd year of dedicated service in the field of Library Science as of October 1, 2019. Committed to making a difference in my local community through my professional and private life.
Jennifer Parker is the Branch Manager of the Green Cove Springs Library, a small urban facility in North Florida. She has been developing and implementing programs for children, teens and adults since 1988. Since the 1990’s, Jennifer has served as an event planner for several educational, non-profit organizations. She has been an active lecturer on art appreciation, a weaving instructor/demonstrator, and a teacher of origami for more than 20 years. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.