Since January 2011, Kristin Shelley has been the Director of the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL). While at the ELPL she has worked to get to know the East Lansing community and to share ELPL’s story. Kristin has implemented self checkout and self pick-up holds, installed new carpet, bought new teen furniture, altered slightly, the floor plan of the library to allow for better flow of traffic, collaborated with an area church to offer after-school teen programming, begun aggressively fundraising, introduced a new downloadable e-book platform and ELPL began using iPads to facilitate more proactive customer service. In 2012, ELPL ran a very successful levy campaign. The millage passed with over a 70 percent approval rating. This levy secures funding for the library for the next 10 years. ELPL is working on a three year strategic plan in 2013, and will unveil its new web site in May 2013. Kristin is an active member of the One Book, One Community Committee and has successfully moved the author reception for the event, from an area restaurant to the library. In addition, Kristin is a member of the East Lansing Rotary Club and serves on the Woodlands Library Cooperative personnel committee.
Before moving to Michigan in 2011, she worked at the Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio as the Deputy Director. At Worthington Libraries she worked on two building renovation projects, opened a third branch, set up the Homework Help Center at the Worthington Park Branch and set up Job Help Centers at the three Worthington Libraries. In addition, she implemented a reorganization of the public services staff and participated in the strategic planning process with the City of Worthington, Worthington Schools and the Library.
Prior to working at Worthington Libraries, Kristin was a librarian in the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) system from January 1989 through October 2007. She was the Assistant Manager/Children's Services Librarian at three branches and she managed four locations during her tenure. While at CML, she collaborated with the Columbus Literacy Council to provide English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Kristin worked extensively with the Somali and Latino populations in Columbus. Kristin was a very active member of the Ohio Library Council. She was the chairperson of the Ohio Library Council’s Diversity Conference in 2006 and she served on the Board of the Ohio Library Council from 2008 to 2010. In addition, Kristin is a member of the American Library Association’s Spectrum Advisory Committee.
In November 2003, Kristin was awarded the Time-Warner Vision in America Award for her work through CML with ESOL populations. Kristin received the Columbus Literacy Council’s Friend of Literacy Award in 2007.