New Member Profile: Shun-Sho Fong
Shun-Sho Fong became a member of OLA in December 2016 and recently celebrated her first anniversary as a resident of Oregon and an employee at Crook County Library in Prineville, Oregon. In her position as a Youth Services Associate, Shun-Sho focuses the majority of her time on serving patrons in 6th-12th grades through programming and outreach, creating displays, managing the collection, and everything in-between. She occasionally gets the opportunity to work with elementary students and is getting involved in services for Spanish speakers, including adult Spanish collection development. Originally from the Midwest, Shun-Sho has worked in libraries for eight years, operating as a teen librarian assistant at a public library and a cataloger for a botanical garden’s special collection.
A career in libraries wasn’t originally on her agenda. After earning undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications and Fine Arts from Creighton University, Shun-Sho worked as a program manager at an arts council. Following a chance encounter with an article about Jamie LaRue, she was inspired to apply for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from which she graduated with her MLIS in May 2016 with specializations in Data Curation and Special Collections.
Since joining OLA, Shun-Sho has connected with the Oregon Young Adult Network and begun volunteering for the Intellectual Freedom Committee and Oregon Battle of the Books. She hopes to continue working with these projects and pursue additional projects working with disadvantaged populations.
During her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, playing board games and watching movies with friends, combing through thrift stores, working on art, and, of course, reading. Currently, she’s enjoying an eclectic mix of books, including The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer, Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein, and Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer.