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Sylvia Jean Allen (She/her)


Currently living in

Le Roy, Empire, Downs, Illinois, US

Work Preferences


Open to roles

Long Term EmployeeShort Term Contract

I am a librarian with 6+ years of professional experience in academic, public, and school libraries. I'm particularly passionate about reference services, collection development, and the right to intellectual freedom for everyone.

Ideal Workplace Values

I would love to be part of a positive, diverse team that values kindness, inclusion, professional ethics, and work/life balance as much as I do.

My Badges

Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

I am a persistent, dedicated researcher and am willing to take the time to find the best possible resources for a project or a patron. I'm passionate about inclusivity because I believe that diverse perspectives are always an asset--and my neurodivergence means I know what it's like to feel that I don't belong. I believe in over-communication so that everyone has all the information they need to be successful. I have a very strong commitment to professional ethics, and I want to do my best in my role and contribute to the team in a meaningful way. Sometimes I see creative ways to do things that are easier or more efficient compared to the way they've always been done.

Top 5 Soft Skills

Active ListeningWorking AutonomouslyConsistencyCreativityReliability

Inclusion Essentials


Send Questions in AdvanceCommunication PlanReceiving Information in AdvanceWritten InstructionsFlexible ScheduleExtra Time Off for AppointmentsPeriodic Rest BreaksUninterrupted Work TimeStanding DesksNoise-cancelling HeadphonesQuiet / Individual Workspaces

Environments I'm comfortable with

Working with food
Heavy lifting
Loud noises
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)
Working with animals
Driving a vehicle
Interaction with the public
Bright or blinking lights
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Standing for long periods
Variable temperatures

I can work best in a quiet space where I'm not distracted by the stress of social interactions, loud noises, and lots of movement/activity. I need understanding that bathroom breaks will often be unpredictable, more frequent, and take longer than most people because of chronic health conditions.


Check out my work

Worked for 2 years, 11 months from Aug 2019 to Jun 2022

District Librarian - Blue Ridge CUSD #18

I developed standards-based library curriculum, provided direct instruction to students in grades K-6, maintained library collections, maintained the library website, managed the library budget, and planned events such as book fairs.

classroom managementclassroom instructionbudgetingcollection developmentlibrary management systemSocial skillsResilienceDealing with difficult situationsDealing with difficult personalitiesFunctions well under pressure
Worked for 1 years, 5 months from Jan 2017 to May 2018

Children's Librarian - Hawaii State Public Library System

I provided reference services and reader's advisory. I planned storytimes, summer reading programs, and other programming. I selected materials for the collection and managed the budget for the children's department.

Worked for 8 months from May 2016 to Dec 2016

Library Assistant - Hawaii State Public Library System

I provided library circulation services such as library card management, material checkin/checkout, inter-library loan, and fine payments. I also managed the library's periodicals collection.

Worked for 10 months from Jul 2014 to May 2015

Graduate Student Assistant - University of Tennessee

I provided reference services and research assistance to library users. I also provided instruction on using library resources and troubleshooting online resources.

Online library databasescustomer servicelibrary referencerecord keepingcomputer skillsWorking AutonomouslyProblem solvingOpen mindedEffective communicatorEfficiency

Education and Credentials

Attended for 6 years from 2019 to 2025

Professional Educator License - Illinois Department of Education


Attended for 2 years from 2013 to 2015

The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Master's degree - Information Science

Attended for 4 years from 2009 to 2013

Carson-Newman University

Master's degree - English Literature and Psychology