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Action Librarian

Personal Note

This page serves as an e-portfolio of sorts. When we first head out into the adult world to find employment, we are often told that we must cram our entire lives onto one sheet of paper. It is a frustrating and limiting experience. On one hand, it is an exercise in brevity. On the other, it strips us of personality. Below, you will find an extended and enhanced version of my résumé.


Alana Phelan, Action Librarian
alanamclegg [at] gmail [dot] com

[Camden County Library Photo]

What is an Action Librarian?

“Action Librarian” is a term I coined for myself not long after I started my first professional job.  It evokes a little bit of the superhero, I think, but is mainly reflective of the profession itself: modern librarians are often on their feet, conducting programs–but even when they are not, they’re a flurry of online research, planning, customer service, and so many other tasks that I try to occasionally enlighten the public about in my blog, Bookslide.


Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA): M.S., 2010
Cumulative GPA of 3.8 on the Library & Information Services and Youth Services tracks at the iSchool

Richard Stockton College (Pomona, NJ): B.A. Literature, 2008
Cumulative GPA of 3.9 with a minor in Ancient Greek
Winner of the 2008 Feyt/Armstrong Award (Best Literary Essay)
Winner of the 2008 Joseph Marthan Award (Best Shorter Essay)
Member of Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society, Eta Rho chapter

Burlington County College (Pemberton, NJ): A.A. English, 2006
Cumulative GPA of 3.91
Winner of the 2006 Outstanding Academic Achievement in English Award
Member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Chi Iota Chapter

Professional Experience

Nov 2010 – Mar 2013 Librarian, Camden County Library, Gloucester Township branch (Blackwood, NJ)

Responsible for children’s collection and programming.
Responsible for some teen/young adult programming and collection development, Nov 2010 – Aug 2011.
Answered reference questions.
Worked at circulation desk as needed.
Ran shift 1-2 nights per week, occasional Saturdays, and as needed.
Attended professional conferences.
Involved in Youth Services Round Table.
Did outreach with local schools and day care centers.

1999 – 2008 Office Clerk, Washington Township (Green Bank, NJ)

Filing, mass mailing, light tech support.

Organizations and Volunteering

2014 Friends of the Bill Memorial Library (Groton, CT)

2014 Speculative Fiction Book Club at the Bill Memorial Library (Groton, CT)
Moderator, creator

2007 – 2008 Library volunteer, Green Bank Elementary School (Green Bank, NJ)
Assumed role of “unofficial” librarian for the school, providing guidance for day-to-day operations.
Set up check-in/check-out cards for the new library’s collection.
Organized activities (such as scavenger hunts) to instruct students on the new library’s organization.
Coordinated book donations with the White Pines Girl Scouts.

2006 – 2008 Volunteer, Girl Scouts of America (NJ)
Leader for Troop #499 (2007 – 2008)
Volunteer for Troop #522 (2006 – 2007)

2002 – 2008 Green Bank Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (Green Bank, NJ)
Trustee (2006 – 2007) and Secretary (2007 – 2008)


Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, HTML, CSS, wikis, and socials networks such as Facebook and Goodreads.
Familiarity with Mac (2008 to present) and Windows (1993 to present).
Typing rate of 80 WPM.
Familiarity with Millennium.


Comic books
Speculative fiction
Independent music


References are available upon request.  But since I have the space, I will use it to explain how I chose my references.

My reference with the initials J.R. is a former co-worker.  We worked very closely together, but did not do the same job.  I chose her because I believe she is the one who knows my professional self best, and watched me grow into the librarian I am today.  I believe that she can speak to my desire for a strong relationship between professional and support staff.

M.C., on the other hand, is a professional librarian like myself.  She also works in Youth Services.  When she moved into her current position, I helped her with the transition, and we often would contact each other during the quiet before closing to exchange ideas.  Our in-person interaction at work was primarily limited to professional meetings, so I believe she can speak to my ability to work well in a group and eagerness to share ideas.

S.G. is a patron of my former library.  She has two children who were in different age groups for programming, so can speak to my programming skills and reference abilities, as well as my professional demeanor and friendliness with the patrons.

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