Benni Jadyn Taylor
Master of Library and Information Science
University of Washington
Master of Library and Information Science 2018
3.88 GPA
Studied in The Netherlands and Belgium (iSchool Exploration Seminar, Early Fall 2017)
University of Oregon
Bachelor of Arts in English 2016
Minor in Comics and Cartoon Studies
Minor in East Asian Studies
3.71 GPA
Studied in London, Oxford, and Paris (Summer 2015)
Hard Skills
Proficient with multiple library/checkout systems (WebCheckout, Follett Destiny, Alma ILS)
Proficient with Microsoft Office
Proficient with Windows OS
Working knowledge of macOS
Working knowledge of GitHub, Python, HTML, and CSS
Working knowledge of Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification systems
Audio-visual support experience (Crestron, Extron)
Video conferencing support experience (AVer, Bluejeans)
Multi-line phone experience
Types 80 WPM
Soft Skills
Learns new technology skills quickly
Experience teaching technology skills to diverse users
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Experience explaining policies to confused, frustrated, or upset patrons
Library program-planning experience
Works well in both independent and team settings
Enjoys thinking outside the box and taking risks
English (fluent)
Japanese (basic)
Spanish (basic)
American Sign Language (basic)
Springfield High School
Sept. 2018 to Apr. 2020
Librarian · 
Springfield, OR

  • Obtained $8700 in grants to build the library's collection
  • Purchased over 800 new books for the library collection
  • Co-presented a Teacher Choice Day session on helping students determine the reliability of a website
  • Added, removed, and modified book records in Library Management System (Follett Destiny)
  • Managed the checkout and inventory of curriculum materials
  • Managed and trained approximately 12 student assistants per term who performed basic circulation tasks, shelved books, retrieved curriculum materials, and assisted with special projects
  • Served as advisor for the school's Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) program

Center for Media and Educational Technologies, University of Oregon Libraries
Oct. 2014 to Sept. 2018
Student Technician V/Lead Student Technician, Classrooms Team · 
Eugene, OR

  • Repaired, troubleshooted, and provided on-call assistance for instructors for over 150 classroom audio-visual systems
  • Utilized multi-line telephone equipment to monitor calls for assistance and transfer patrons to other campus departments
  • Added, removed, and modified checkout and classroom technology records in automated system (WebCheckout)
  • Designed a new student employee training procedure, including writing guides for training every level of student employee
  • Created a website to serve as an information hub for student employees
  • Created several dozen tutorials and manuals for audio-visual equipment usage

Feb. 2017 to Sept. 2018
Student Videographer, Video Team · 
Eugene, OR

  • Acted as floor director for productions such as the Oregon Humanities Center's "UO Today" and uplinks for networks such as ESPN News
  • Recorded lectures and events for science and humanities departments and for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
  • Provided video conferencing support for UO classes, events, and job interviews

Lending and Access Services, University of Oregon Libraries
Feb. 2018 to Sept. 2018
Library Student Assistant II · 
Eugene, OR

  • First point of contact for patrons checking in and out books, picking up or placing holds, and asking  questions
  • Utilized ExLibris Alma and InterLibrary Loan systems
  • Scanned and sorted incoming library materials for reshelving (Library of Congress call number system)
  • Shelved and organized books on hold and on reserve
  • Assisted patrons with basic material location requests and with placing holds

University of Washington iSchool
Sept. 2017 to Dec. 2017
Teaching Assistant, LIS 570C · 
Seattle, WA (remote)

  • Taught 39 students in an online, graduate-level research methods course through Canvas LMS
  • Graded all coursework and answered students' questions about course content and assignments
  • Acted as mediator during conflicts between group project members

Community Service Center, University of Oregon
Jan. 2013 to 2016, Jan. 2013 to Jan. 2016
Office Assistant · 
Eugene, OR

  • Provided support for the department's RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments), CPW (Community Planning Workshop), and OPDR (Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience) programs
  • Reorganized and inventoried departmental library of about 100 books
  • Inventoried several hundred master plans for revitalizing parks throughout the state of Oregon
  • Submitted digital copies of several hundred project records to UO Libraries' Scholars' Bank open access depository
  • Reorganized department's method for checking out audio-visual equipment to graduate students and staff

Springfield Arts Commission (SAC)
Oct. 2018 to Present
Volunteer/Arts Commissioner · Springfield, OR

Works with other SAC Commissioners to promote the arts and support local artists; assists artists with installation and de-installation of exhibits in the art gallery inside City Hall; co-hosts at the City Hall gallery during Second Friday Art Walks; began volunteering in October 2018 before being appointed Commissioner in January 2019

Springfield Public Library
Aug. 2017 to Present
Volunteer · Springfield, OR

Assists with a variety of tasks including adding RFID tags to books, adding genre and bilingual or language stickers to book spines, laminating books, marking discarded books, sorting books for and assembling curriculum kits for teachers, selecting books for themed displays in children's area, preparing crafts for storytime, and providing program support as needed 

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Aug. 2015 to June 2020
Municipal Liaison for Eugene/Lane County Region · Lane County, OR

Planned and hosted 6-10 events held during the month of November;  managed a calendar of 25-40 participant-hosted events;  moderated forums and chat rooms for participants and addressed any conflicts within the region; recruited and encouraged over 300 event participants as they worked toward their writing goals

Cascade Foothills Library
July 2006 to Jan. 2016
Collections Management/Summer Reading Program Volunteer · Dexter, OR

Selected books for YA collection; managed library's database; assisted with planning and implementing a six-week summer reading program for kids

Head Start of Lane County
Jan. 2015 to June 2015
Classroom Assistant · Eugene, OR

Provided educational support through reading and activities for low-income children aged 3 to 5 years old

Benni Jadyn Taylor
Master of Library and Information Science
I Found It Online: A User Needs Assessment and Website Implementation Study
Feb. 2018 to June 2018

Designed and implemented a user needs survey, and analyzed potential website platforms to help Springfield Public Library (OR) begin the process of designing and launching a new library website

Book Club Design for Immigrant and Refugee Families
Oct. 2017 to Dec. 2017

Worked with Gwendolyn Haley of Spokane County Library District (WA) to design book club sessions aimed at immigrant and refugee families; included book selection, discussion question development, and activity design

The Gap Between Childhood and Adulthood: Addressing the Library Needs for the Teenage Users of DOK Delft
Aug. 2017 to Nov. 2017

Wrote an analysis of the library needs of teenagers at DOK Delft (the public library of Delft, The Netherlands) which focuses almost

exclusively on early childhood services, and proposed and defended the necessity of adding a Teen Advisory Board to the library

Digital Zombies: An Interactive Library Research Course
Apr. 2017 to June 2017

Redesigned and gamified a course originally designed by Dr. Juliette Levy of University of California, Riverside, that aims to teach first-year undergraduate students how to utilize campus libraries and to determine the credibility of sources

Video Booktalks
Sept. 2016 to Dec. 2016

Created four 30-second video booktalks as part of a readers advisory class focusing on genres in adult literature

Signature Project Grant
Jan. 2020
Springfield Rotary Club

$2700 grant to create a new comics collection and a new Spanish YA fiction collection at Springfield High School library

Innovative Educator Grant: “Diverse and Up-To-Date Library Materials”
May 2019
Springfield Education Foundation

Renewed $3000 grant to update the library at Springfield High School with fiction and nonfiction materials that are up-to-date and reflect the diversity of the school’s student body as well as to replace damaged/lost popular materials

Innovative Educator Grant: “Diverse and Up-To-Date Library Materials”
Nov. 2018
Springfield Education Foundation

$3000 grant to update the library at Springfield High School with fiction and nonfiction materials that are up-to-date and reflect the diversity of the school’s student body

MLIS Admissions Committee -- University of Washington iSchool
Oct. 2017 to June 2018
Admissions Committee Member

Read 40-50  2018 MLIS applications and took full part in the committee's work and deliberation as a voting member

Peer Advising -- University of Washington iSchool
Sept. 2017 to June 2018
Peer Advisor

Provided advice and guidance to current MLIS students who have questions about choosing classes, participating in student leadership, studying abroad, and study strategies

American Library Association Student Chapter -- University of Washington iSchool
Mar. 2017 to Mar. 2018

Redesigned and migrated the chapter's WordPress website; updated website with new content about events and the chapter

Professional Memberships
American Library Association (ALA)
2016 to Present
ALA Rainbow Round Table (RRT)
2016 to Present
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
2018 to Present
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
2018 to Present