Library Tapestry

Resume ~ Fiona May


University of North Texas 2011. MS, Library Science. Graduate Academic Certificates in Youth Librarianship and Storytelling, 2010.

University of Wisconsin-Madison 1987-89. MS, Psychology.

University of California-Berkeley 1980-84. BA, Psychology.


Youth Services Library Assistant, 2006-present. Boise Public Library. Reference and Readers' Advisory, quarterly puppet shows, maintenance of a small collection for preschool children called 'KidPacks.' Occasional programming for children, book talks for teens, and promoting programs with displays and signs. Part-Time Employee of the Year, 2011.

College of Western Idaho Library Assistant. Fall 2012-present. Reference and library instruction for community college students. Collection development projects.

Homeschool Teacher, 2001-present. Provided instruction and planned education for two students, grades 3-12. Taught all subjects including math, science, literature, history, and languages to my own students; occasionally led group classes in science and  literature.

Research Assistant, 1984-89. U. Wisconsin-Madison ('87-89) and San Francisco VA Hospital ('84-87). Conducted research studies in the area of neurophysiology, particularly in electrophysiology.

Library Assistant, 1982-84. U. California-Berkeley. Worked in the main campus library, Doe Library, as a student. Held positions including Student Search Supervisor (LA II), and Student Supervisor (LA III).

Library Skills

Storytelling. Graduate coursework in traditional storytelling. Presented stories to preschool and school-age children at Boise Public Library. 

Arts and Crafts. Presented special programs on an occasional basis.

Puppetry. Presented original puppet shows at the library (2007- 2012). Wrote scripts, prepared soundtracks, made props and scenery, and trained assistants.

Spanish. Limited Spanish proficiency. Provided several bilingual storytime programs for preschoolers at Boise Public Library in lieu of a native speaker.

Interests and Hobbies

Multicultural events. Organized and led "Dia de los Ninos" at Boise Public Library, led  Chinese New Year programs, prepared displays highlighting cultures around the world, and participated in several one-time programs.

Music. Active in choirs & small vocal ensembles since 1970.

Art. Weaving, spinning, embroidery, painting, origami, cartooning, sculpting, and other crafts. Led "Get Creative @ Your Library" summer reading programs for school-age kids 2009.

Service to library community
ILA conference committee, 2012
SWILA conference committee, 2010-11 and 2011-12


Idaho Library Association (ILA)

American Library Association (ALA)

ALA - Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)

ALA - New Members' Round Table (ALA-NMRT)

Pacific Northwest Librarians' Assoc. 2008-9.

Honors and Awards

Beta Phi Mu - Library & Information Science Honor Society. Beta Beta Nu Chapter, U. North Texas.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Continuing Education Grant. 2010.

Library and Information Science Department Scholarship, University of North Texas. 2010-11.

U. North Texas University Grant. 2010-11.

Friends of the Boise Public Library Scholarship. 2010-11.

Future City Engineering Competition Team Teacher. 2006: First Place - Idaho Regional competition, Participant - National Finals in Washington, D.C. 2007: Second Place - Idaho Regional competition.

University Research Fellowship. U. Wisconsin-Madison. 1987-89.

Regents Scholar. U. Cal-Berkeley. 1980.

Volunteer Work

Volunteer Art Instructor, Boise School District. Taught art in K-3 classrooms as part of the "Art Parent" program. 1998-2000.

Capital City Youth Ballet 'Parent Guild' fundraising committee chair 2010-11.

Children's music. Children's Music Leader at All Saints' Presbyterian Church 2005-10. 

Book Reviews. Wrote a column for local homeschool newspaper. Reviewed children's books, particulary those nominated for the Young Readers' Choice Award. 2008-09. Click here to read an entry.

                                                                               My weaving: overshot design.

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