Episode 16: Snow to strategic relations with Susan Hempstead
Chapter 1 – “Hmmm … I didn’t know that”
Check It Out! podcast hosts Ken Harvey, Cindy Tingley and Jim Hills chat about a grab-bag of subjects, including:
- Snowmageddon 2019 and how planning gets iffy when it’s raining in Seattle, snowing in Marysville and a whiteout in Oak Harbor.
- What 32 consecutive years of clean state audits mean for Sno-Isle Libraries and taxpayers.
- What shifting technologies and consumer choices mean for the future of CDs and DVDs in the library collection.
- How many items can you check out on your Sno-Isle Libraries card?
- Getting help finding job, whether it’s at Sno-Isle Libraries or anywhere.
Chapter 1 links
- Sno-Isle Libraries 2019 snow gallery
- How cold was it?
- Clean state audits
- CDs and the music industry
- Library item check-out limits
- Get help finding a job
Chapter 2 – Susan Hempstead, Sno-Isle Libraries Strategic Relations Manager
Susan Hempstead says her title is code for “meeting people where they are.” Hempstead leads efforts to build sustainable relationships with people, agencies and organizations.
She says her focus on community and service began as a teen-ager coaching in Special Olympics. A bachelor’s degree in social work led to a Master’s in Public Administration from USC and a love for combining the rigor of government relations with the spirit of philanthropy. Hempstead says key tenets for her are providing access, equity and opportunity.
Hempstead talks about her involvement with three projects at Sno-Isle Libraries, including:
- Capital Facilities Plan
- Mariner Community Campus
- Special Olympics
- USC Master of Public Administration
- Phil Smart
- Bogalusa, LA
- 1996 Olympics Torch Relay
And, Hempstead shares her advice on a starting point for others considering a similar path: “Start where you are and honor the past that brings you to where you are.”
Ken Harvey is Communications Director for Sno-Isle Libraries. Ken brings broad professional experience from his service with Community Transit, Sound Transit, Reno, Nev., and several positions in radio and TV.
Cindy Tingley is an instructional developer with Sno-Isle Libraries. Through experience as a radio DJ, a police officer in Key West, Fla., certified technology instructor and Usui Reiki trainer, the common thread is Cindy loves teaching new skills.
Jim Hills is the library district’s Assistant Communications Director, Communications & Marketing. Jim is a storyteller who claims to still have some ink in his veins from familial connections with, and previous-career infusions from, the newspaper biz.
The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation proudly supports the innovative work of Sno-Isle Libraries through private donations.
Edmonds Center for the Arts provides an array of outstanding performing artists from around the world, hosts events and serves more than 75,000 patrons annually.