Good (!) morning.
This is such good news! I love how MSL is restructuring to meet the needs
of our libraries. She sounds awesome, coming with such a great background
to advocate for us. Can't wait to meet her, whether in person or via Zoom.
On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 9:09 AM McKenney, Janet <[log in to unmask]>
> The Maine State Library is pleased to announce that Marijke Visser has
> accepted the position of Library Section Supervisor in the Library
> Development Division. Marijke will be managing a newly reorganized
> section, Consulting and Specialist Services and will be the Continuing
> Education Coordinator. Marijke will lead MSL's team of six specialists in
> our mission to make Maine libraries stronger. The focus of this section
> will be on professional development and continuing education for Maine's
> librarians. She will work primarily with all our specialists to provide
> information, knowledge, and training opportunities for all Maine library
> staff. Marijke will also represent the Maine State Library in the State
> Library Agencies' Continuing Education Coordinator national cohort.
> Marijke has spent the last 12 years in the American Library Association's
> Washington Office, most recently as a Senior Policy Advocate. She is known
> nationally for her work on broadband and E-rate as well as for her work on
> national projects and grants, including "Libraries Ready to Code" and
> Google's Grow with Google initiative. She served as an Advisory Board
> Member for YALSA's project on connected learning and computational thinking
> as well as an Advisory Committee member for the "Smart Rural Communities,"
> initiative of NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association.
> At a national policy level, Marijke has worked to ensure libraries are
> included in national initiatives and remembered in public policy agendas.
> This is evidenced by her work with the FCC, other federal departments and
> with Maine's congressional delegation. We are thrilled that Marijke brings
> with her an incredible depth and ability to communicate the value and
> vision of libraries of all types to local community organizations,
> businesses, and potential partners or volunteers.
> Marijke will start at the Maine State Library on October 25, 2021. She is
> more than prepared to meet the challenge of working and managing MSL's
> highly effective remote staff while the Maine State Library's building
> repair project continues into 2023. We will introduce Marijke once she
> comes on board next month at our next Statewide Zoom meeting on October 26
> and hopefully as COVID wanes you can all meet her in person!
> Marijke is no stranger to Maine and has spent many a vacation Downeast
> using some of Maine's smallest and rural libraries.
> The primary focus of her work, along with all the specialists, will be
> determining the CE needs of Maine libraries and developing a Continuing
> Education Plan for the coming year.
> Janet McKenney
> Director, Library Development
> Maine State Library
> SHS 64
> 230 State Street
> Augusta, ME 04333
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> @janetmckenney (Twitter)
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