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Ambassadors

The X of PLIX stands for โ€œexchangeโ€, and we are always looking for new ways to work with our librarian partners to make sure that ideas travel both ways.

In that spirit, the PLIX Creative Learning Ambassadors collaborate with us to act as advocates for creative learning.

They take on a leadership role in their local community as well as in PLIX online workshops:

  • Co-facilitating offerings from PLIXโ€” online courses, community meetings, and workshops.
  • Supporting colleagues in their library systems or regions in how to engage PLIX activities.
  • Introducing peers to the PLIX approach to creative learning.
  • Engaging with others and posting about creative learning on social media and the discussion forum.
  • Talking about their work with PLIX activities at conferences and other professional gatherings.
  • Remixing PLIX activities with patrons and documenting the experience.
  • Getting to know one another, sharing updates and ideas, and discussing/planing activities with regular, online meetings.

This group shares our passion for hands-on creative learning programming and a keen desire to spread their love of what PLIX is doing. Together, we are building a network of library professionals who advocate for PLIX and creative learning in communities, library systems, and libraries across the United States.

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Alan Ly Librarian Alan Utah State Library Salt Lake City, Utah

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Alessandra (Allie) Affinito Senior Children's Librarian aaffinito New York Public Library Chatham Sq. Branch (Chinatown) New York, New York

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Amanda Geske Children's & Teen Services Librarian amanda.geske Saint Paul Public Library St. Paul, Minnesota

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Athanasia (Athy) Fitos Branch Manager/Librarian athyfitos Kendale Lakes Branch Miami-Dade Public Library System Miami-Dade, Florida

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Carine Greene Library Assistant Carine Cora J. Belden Library Rocky Hill, Connecticut

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Chris Dorman STEM Librarian Chris_Dorman Maine State Library Augusta, Maine

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Christopher Kyauk IT Knowledge Manager ckyauk Santa Clara County Library District Campbell, California

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Clara Ortega Adult Services Coordinator Claraeliza Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System Columbus, Mississippi

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Cora Schaeff Children's Department Head cschaeff Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library Bay City, Michigan

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Francesca Passiglia Teen Librarian, future Maker Space Librarian Francesca Greenfield Public Library Greenfield, Massachusetts

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Hope Decker Director Hope_Decker Wayland Free Library Gunlocke Memorial Wayland, New York

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Jacqui Viale Community Program Specialist on forum: JacquiV Long Beach Public Library Long Beach, California

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Jennifer McCulley Youth Services Coordinator jmcculley McPherson Public Library McPherson, Kansas

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Keisha Parks Youth Services Librarian bibliosongburd007 Cleveland Bradley Co. Public Library Cleveland, Tennessee

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Lisa Lewis Library Services Manager LisaLewis Show Low Public Library Show Low, Arizona

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Mary Gazdik Executive Director mgazdik Middletown Free Library Media, Pennsylvania

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Melissa Sprenne MakerSpace Facilitator and Supervisor LissaMonster Richland Library Ballentine Irmo, South Carolina

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Rebecca Ballard Regional Children's Services Coordinator RebeccaSunshine Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens Regional Library System, Athens, GA

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Renatรฉ Elliott Accessibility Services Supervisor Renate_Elliott Cobb County Public Library Charles D. Switzer Branch Marietta, Georgia

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Sam Lucius Digital Services Librarian sslucius08 Wiggin Memorial Library Stratham, New Hampshire

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Sami Kerzel Community Librarian sami.kerzel Deschutes Public Library Sunriver, Oregon

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Sammie Betler Assistant Director Sammie_Betler Casey County Public Library Liberty, Kentucky

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Sasha Neri Librarian III / Makerspace Coordinator SashaN Chicago Public Library Chicago, Illinois

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Tara Thomas Children's Librarian dclibrarian DC Public Library MLK Jr. Memorial Library Washington, DC

The 24 Ambassadors represent a wide range of library professionalsโ€”in the roles they perform, the size and setting of their libraries (some tiny rural branches, others huge urban systems), and the depth of experience in librarianship and/or STEM topics.The Ambassadors program is made possible with funding from the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.