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Candidate For (position) Recording Secretary
Name Brenda Kay Hemmelman
Current Position Collection Services Librarian, SD State Library
Previous Position(s)Research Librarian, SD State Library
Reference Librarian, Rapid City Public Library
Reference Librarian, Devereaux Library, SD School of Mines
Documents/Cataloging Librarian, Black Hills State University
Education (degrees earned and from where)University of Arizona, MA, Information Resources & Library Science
South Dakota State University, BA, Education, Math major, Spanish minor
Professional activities, especially those in MPLA or relevant to this positionI've been an MPLA member since 1994 and served as a committee member on a few committees. In 2010, I became chair of the membership committee. I've served two terms (2012-present) as the MPLA state representative for South Dakota. I have also served in various capacities on the SD Library Association Executive Board. I was the SDLA Executive Secretary/Treasurer for almost 10 years as well as a committee chair and conference planner. I currently serve as the chair of the Professional Development Grants Committee and am assisting with a process to streamline conference planning duties.
MPLA member since (year) 1994
What ability, talent, interest, or strength would you bring to this position?I was privileged to be selected to attend the MPLA Leadership Institute in 2014. Through that, I was able to focus on improving not only leadership skills, but project management skills. Since then, as a trustee on my local library board, I started a trivia night with a local brew pub. This has become a trending thing with libraries, and it has given us an additional way to highlight and advertise library activities. I've also organized a craft show to raise scholarship funds for a local service organization, so keeping notes and organizing reports are a natural fit.
What would you like to accomplish during your term of office?Supporting the MPLA board in a different capacity than my previous positions will be a great learning experience, and the position also affords the opportunity to continue to guide and offer support to a great library organization.