MLA Featured Library Employee — Katherine Glenn

Meet our Featured Library Employee for the Missouri Library Association, Katherine Glenn!

What is your name, your library, and your role at the library?

My name is Katherine, I am the Training and Professional Development Coordinator for the Mid-America Library Alliance.

What originally got you interested in working at a library?

I can’t remember a time when going to the library hasn’t been part of my routine. I was nervous to apply at my local library; I was worried working there would change how I felt about a place I loved. My feelings did change, but I somehow grew to love the library even more.

What keeps you coming back every day?

I enjoy the adventures I can go on. I travel and get to meet new people while exploring the different library systems MALA serves.

What’s challenging about your work?

I no longer work in a public library; my role is to support the library community. The most challenging part of my job is ensuring I am providing relevant workshops for library staff and professionals.

Has your work made you either curious, or passionate, or awestruck about something?

I have always been passionate about libraries and serving my patrons. This position has created a new passion for me and that is supporting library staff and professionals. I want to provide tools that make their jobs easier.

Who is one of your mentors?

I have been fortunate enough to have had several great mentors throughout my library career; one I would like to highlight is my current director Mickey Coalwell. I am thankful for his continued guidance and support as we rebuild MALA’s training and professional development.

What book, author, artist, show, or music are you engaging with this week, either personally or professionally? Persuade us in one or two sentences that we should pick this up, too.

One of my favorite things to do is read from the banned book list. Right now I am about to reread Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The reader gets to experience a world where books are banned, and information is limited. This fantastic read will leave you questioning if you would be strong enough to stand up for what you believe in.


Would you like to nominate someone to be our next Featured Library Employee?  Examples could be:

…a new employee you’d like to introduce

…someone with a unique job or on a unique career path

…an employee you find inspirational

…a coworker whose gifts you wish were more widely known

…someone who’s “an institution” full of interesting stories

…a role that has a new focus or is reaching a new audience

…someone you’d like to make more visible to potential employers

Submit name(s) and contact information, along with place of employment, to Shannon Mawhiney at  We’ll do all the work of contacting; we just need you to connect us!