I am ALA INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT highlights and recognizes talented international members from different regions around the world. The inaugural international spotlight features Sara Ulloa, a school librarian in Peru.
Can you tell us about yourself and your library?
My name is Sara Ulloa. I am a school librarian from Peru. I work at
San Silvestre School, a British school in Lima, which has three
libraries: Early Years, Primary and Secondary Section. I am in charge of
the Secondary Section. Our library is bright and welcoming. Every year
we update our collections in order to adjust it to the curriculum; we do
it in collaboration with teachers and students. My favourite part is to
update the Fiction collection because it is important to keep it alive
for the pleasure of young readers. I like helping students to find a
book they connect with. Also, I assist students with their research and
subsequent referencing skills. I find being a school librarian brings
out my creativity and puts in practice my other studies such as graphic
design, marketing and photography. It is my hope to pursue a career in
the area of Information Literacy.
It is important for me to be an international librarian today because
we are living in a global society. As an international librarian who
comes from a country where libraries barely exist, knowing other
experiences is essential. It gives me a wide perspective of the career
and enhances my knowledge considering most of the research in Library
Science comes from countries where their library community and policy is
stronger. Also, being an international librarian connects me with
colleagues from around the world who share interests in my area, school
libraries. It is inspiring for me to be connected with people who are
making great contributions within our profession.
Tell us three words that describe you?
Enthusiastic, curious, learner.
How has ALA helped you in your career?
It awakes my library conscience, which I define as having the sense
of free access to basic services for reading, information and the
world’s cultures; I consider this a basic human right but not everyone
has access to it. It has allowed me to see that having a library service
network within Peru is a dream that can be achieved. It has helped me
to realize that having more professional librarians working in the field
is a necessity. Sadly, it has also made me realize how far my country
has yet to go with regard to these issues. The ALA has also given me
the opportunity for professional development. For instance, I attended
its annual conference in Chicago last year and found it was amazing. It
had never occurred to me that I would be surrounded by thousands of
colleagues and I would be meeting authors like Raina Telgemeier, Cece
Bell and Veronica Roth, among other famous personalities. Attending this
type of conferences increase my motivation and learning continuum.