photograph of Dana FisherMy first career was as an actress in the theatre after graduation from Skidmore College in 1971. While performing in Annie Get Your Gun in Greensboro, North Carolina, I met my future husband, Jim Fisher. After we married and worked in a theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee for several years, we moved to Crawfordsville, Indiana where Jim was chairman of the theatre department at Wabash College for 29 years. In addition to being a mom of two, I acted in plays at Wabash, taught theatre skills to children, directed plays, taught pre-school, and eventually began doing long term substituting at Tuttle Middle School. When Tuttle became a laptop school, the media specialist, Mike Barton, suddenly had 500 computers to contend with, so the principal asked me to take care of the library.

Once our two children had graduated from college, I went back to school myself at age 54. I graduated from IU in 2007 with my MLS while still working as librarian at Tuttle Middle School. I was very fortunate to be able to put right into practice the things I was learning in library school. Tuttle’s strong commitment to service learning and problem-based learning made for many exciting collaborations. My theatre degree came in handy, too, because I directed the annual school musicals at Tuttle.

When my husband was offered the headship of the theatre department at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, we jumped at the chance to move back to the South. My first positon was as a library meida specialist at Southwest Middle School in High Point, NC. I was the coach for the school’s Battle of the Books team and school coordinator for the One Million Books campaign. This year I have moved to the Library Media Center at Florence Elementary School. I am a member of the ALA-AASL, North Carolina School Library Media Association, and the Guilford Association of School Librarians.

Moving from a tiny corporation to a huge urban school system has presented challenges, but there is much to be said for the support of 120 other library media specialists!

In addition to the theatre, fine art, and reading, I also enjoy making quilts, knitting, and embroidering. I started a blog for one of Annette Lamb’s online classes and am now an active blogger as The Quilted Librarian.

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