Rachel Payne Karasick


RKRachel is currently the Programs and Events Coordinator for Libraries ACT, the public library system in Canberra, Australia. She received her Masters’ of Library and Information Science degree from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in May of 2017. If you’re wondering how to pronounce her last name, just rhyme it with ‘Jurassic’ and you’re good to go.

She has wide-ranging experience in academic and public libraries, with a background in project management, fundraising, and technical services. In her current role, she supports public programming and events at Libraries ACT. This includes planning, promotions, and project management of educational and cultural programming, designed to meet community needs and targeted learning outcomes. Building networks and managing stakeholder relationships are also a key component of the role. It also includes building organizational capacity through training and support for library staff who plan, host and deliver library programs, including prioritisation of programs and events planned by library staff. Prior to stepping into this position, she worked as a science librarian at the Australian National University, providing classroom instruction, research support, and collection development services in medicine.

Before attending library school, Rachel served as a grant writer for the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, where she successfully secured funding to support a variety of initiatives, including STEM programming; exhibitions of contemporary art and archival collections; makerspaces; expansion of workforce development programs; accessibility services; and youth education. She has previously worked for environmental non-profits in communications, volunteer coordination, and fundraising. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member from 2010-2011, spearheading a new youth gardening program and organizing a low-income CSA program.

When she’s not in a library, Rachel can be found tromping around in the woods, going for leisurely bike rides, or futzing around with a new project.

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