New Student VOYA Advisory Board Members Announced

VOYA Magazine’s program for LIS students welcomes two new students to the VOYA Advisory Board.  The students will get a look behind the scenes in the publishing industry by working with and interviewing the VOYA staff, attending virtual board meetings, and taking on special projects. Board member Jessica Snow will mentor the students throughout the year. VOYA staff will receive valuable input from students about the needs of new librarians and new trends in YA librarianship. 

The Student Advisory Board Members for 2018 are Tegan Beese and Sylvia ChrisWelcome, Tegan and Sylvia!

Tegan Beese

Going into my third semester of grad school at the University of Illinois, I am so excited to join VOYA‘s Advisory Board as a student member! I look forward to implementing what I have learned in school, as well as bringing what I learn from VOYA to my classes and work.

I received my Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Youngstown State University in 2011. After this, I worked in retail while trying to figure out where I really wanted to be. I volunteered in archives at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland and rediscovered my love for libraries and museums. After moving back to Illinois in 2013, I applied for a shelving job at my local library, Lake Villa District Library (LVDL), and immediately fell in love with the whole environment. The staff I work with is incredible, the mission of the library to be a part of the community is wonderful, and helping the patrons that come in is so rewarding. I moved up from shelver, to adult services reference clerk, to young adult associate. I was always interested in working with teenagers, having helped the previous young adult associate, but once I officially got the position, I knew it was the perfect one. I worked one year at a high school with the education technology department but within the school’s library. I learned a great deal from my time there, but my heart longed to be back at the public library. I started back at LVDL as a youth services reference clerk and moved back up into the young adult associate position this past September. We are in the process of building a new library and I am very excited to be a part of it, especially with getting a beautiful new young adult area for the patrons to utilize. I currently buy for the young adult collection; collaborate with our school services librarian, and do outreach to our community middle schools and high schools; implement programming for grades 7 to 12; and collaborate with other staff members on crossover programming, allowing the younger children to get to know me before they move into YA.

I currently review young adult fiction for School Library Journal and contribute to YALSA’s The Hub and Teen Services Underground. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, crocheting, and cross-stitching, and spending time with my husband and our two dogs and two cats. Some of my favorite books include J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Carol Goodman’s The Lake of Dead Languages, and Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty (and the following two titles in the series).

I am excited to work with everyone over the next year! Thank you again, VOYA, for the honor of being part of the Advisory Board!

Sylvia Chris

I am beyond excited and honored to join the VOYA Student Advisory Board! As someone who wants to be a teen librarian, I know this experience will be very beneficial in learning more about the field and working with other professionals.

I was a junior in high school when my library adventure began. In 2012, I was hired as a student assistant for the Akron-Summit County Public Library in Northeast Ohio. To this day, I still work for ASCPL, but now I am a public service assistant. I attended the University of Akron for my undergraduate degree where I kept myself busy by taking 16 credit hours each semester, serving on the executive council of my sorority, Alpha Phi, and working at the library. I graduated with my undergrad in interpersonal and public communication in December 2016 with an Associate’s degree in human resources and began my first semester as an MLIS student at Kent State University in January 2017. When I graduate, I will be placed as a teen librarian at one of the ASCPL branches when a position is open. I am really looking forward to working with young adults, as being a teen librarian has been my dream job since I began working in a library.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, trying new restaurants with friends, and watching Marvel movies. Some of my favorite books include The Raven Boys and The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater), The Lunar Chronicles (Marissa Meyer), The Grisha Trilogy (Leigh Bardugo), and The Drake Chronicles (Alyxandra Harvey). I also enjoy reading graphic novels (especially Ms. Marvel), and I am slowly warming up to audiobooks. YA books are definitely my favorite, but I am always happy as long as I have a book in my hands. I’m also a huge animal lover, and currently, have two rescue animals in my life. My dog, Echo, is a 75-pound mutt that I’ve had for the past ten and a half years, and I recently rescued an albino gecko who I named Groot.

Again, I am thrilled to be serving on the Student VOYA Advisory Board. I can’t wait to get to know everyone and make the most of this amazing opportunity!