Chrystie Hill is a librarian, writer, and community-builder. After working in special, academic and public libraries, she started It Girl Consulting, a small venture that helps libraries enhance their services to meet current community needs. In 2003 Chrystie joined OCLC where she now serves as Community Relations director, and leads a team that implements innovative programs that empower public libraries to lead in their communities (including WebJunction, a learning community for public library staff). Chrystie is a frequent presenter at international library meetings and conferences, and her articles have appeared in JASIST, Library Journal, American Libraries, and RUSQ. In 2007, Chrystie was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” and Inside, Outside, and Online: building your library community was published by ALA Editions in 2009. Chrystie serves on the board for Communities Connect Network, and as a strategic advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries program. Chrystie’s undergraduate degree is in Biology and Psychology, she holds a Master of Arts in History from Sarah Lawrence College, and her MLIS is from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she lives in a tiny loft with her growing family. You can follow her blog at http://librariesbuildcommunities.org.
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