“With good information, people are empowered to advocate for themselves and make informed decisions; they have the basis for challenging unfairness or deciding for themselves when to accept life’s limitations.”
Before becoming Colchester High School’s new librarian, Christine Eldred served as the librarian at Missisquoi Valley Union Middle and High School in Swanton. A graduate of Middlebury College with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University, she has worked not only as an advocate for low-income people but also as an Americorps volunteer. She also joined the staff of then-Congressman Bernie Sanders and has worked as a fact-checker for Consumers Union.
Christine says that all of these experiences impressed upon her how important information is in people’s lives and that, with high-quality information, people can answer to their own satisfaction the “Why?” “How?” and “What if?” questions. She said, “Learning how to ask questions, to think critically, and to find good information is a vital life skill,” and that is what motivated her to become a librarian and to work with young people, particularly teens. She said, “The library is not only a place for students to get books—it is a gateway to the best resources for their education needs, including technology, online reference materials we purchase, materials in diverse formats, and advice on how to find information, take notes, synthesize information, and put together a great presentation at the end. I am excited to be here and to see in what directions we will all take the library together.”
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