Community Engagement Coordinator, Network of the National Library of Medicine (Middle Atlantic Region)
Tess Wilson is a librarian, educator, and advocate. Currently, she is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (Middle Atlantic Region) and lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Additionally, she is a mentoring trainer with the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA and a freelance arts educator with local organizations like Prototype PGH, Assemble, and Girls Rock! Pittsburgh. Recently, she has shifted her research to explore methods of engaging younger generations in library advocacy, and she is a co-author of the 2020 book All Ages Welcome: Recruiting and Retaining Younger Generations for Library Boards, Friends Groups, and Foundations (ALA Editions). As a privacy advocate with the Library Freedom Project, she presents privacy workshops at regional and national conferences, most notably as the keynote speaker for the Pacific Library Partnership’s 2020 Future of Libraries Conference. In her capacity as a library worker, she also serves on the Freedom to Read Foundation Krug Education Committee and was honored to serve as the 2020 Youth Services Division Chair for the PA Library Association. Whenever possible, she finds opportunities to combine her love for libraries and her passion for writing. This has resulted in an appointment to the Editorial Advisory Board for the Young Adult Library Services Association, in a turn as guest editor for the Fall 2018 issue of the Young Adult Library Services (YALS) journal, and in the publication of articles in Public Libraries Magazine, Delaware Journal of Public Health, Journal of the Medical Library Association, YALS, Technical.ly, and elsewhere. Outside of her library work, she serves on local advocacy boards, including the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellowship Advisory Board and the Achieva Support Board of Trustees. Tess was a 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellow, a 2018 American Library Association Emerging Leader with United for Libraries, a 2018 Pennsylvania Library Association Academy of Leadership Studies alumna, and was named a 2020 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University and her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with her local watershed and making art of all kinds.