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Librarian Takes on New Roles with State Library Association

May 19, 2015

Bartlett Campus librarian Willetta Grady was recently elected as the recording secretary for the Board of Directors at the Tennessee Library Association (TLA), which supports librarians throughout the state of Tennessee. Willetta has been actively participating with her professional association for the past year. “It’s important to be active in your professional organizations,” she advised. “It is a way of networking with professionals in your area of expertise; it is a way of building a lifetime career.”

Last year, Willetta attended the TLA’s annual conference in Murfreesboro, where she joined the New Members Roundtable group and just a few weeks later volunteered to fill the role of co-chair. Willetta will also be directly involved with the Board of Directors of TLA this year in her role as recording secretary, where she will be responsible for recording the minutes of each board meeting and posting them to the association’s website.

“I am proud to be able to represent American National University in this special way,” Willetta said. She encourages ANU students and graduates to get involved with the local chapters of professional organizations in their fields of study. “Adding professional involvement to your résumé makes your résumé shine with that special bling,” she advised.

“Every ANU student should consider themselves a professional; they are becoming experts in their fields,” she encouraged. “So, make sure to get involved with the professional organizations. Build your career by networking with the best professionals in your field. And don’t forget to get involved with your campus librarian who is an academic professional.”

Campus librarian Willetta Grady was recently elected as recording secretary for the Board of Directors and was named co-chair of the new members committee for the Tennessee Library Association.

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