Francine Joy Allen
Metro Detroit Area
Bio: Public Librarianship has been my calling since I graduated with a Master's Degree in Library Science from Wayne State University in 2005. Since that time, I have worked as a youth and teen librarian in several of Detroit's adjacent suburbs, but I also have experience in adult reference and collection-development from my time as Library Assistant at Ecorse Public Library in 2002-2005 while studying for my degree. During that time, I compiled folders of community-resources for Ecorse residents seeking help with a variety of health, legal, consumer and community-related issues. I won the 2003 Detroit Book and Author Society Dick Johnston Grant which enabled Ecorse Library to create a $2000 collection of library materials related to the above subjects, and to re-inventing oneself and one's community in a post-industrial society in which new skills and new infrastructures are necessary for success. In my time as Youth and Teen Librarian, since 2005, I have focused on programs for babies through teens which are activity-centered and recreational, but which are designed to attract young people and the adults who care about them to books and to intelligent information-seeking behavior.