The Art of Service


Originally presented: Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 3:30pm-4:30pm


Volunteer work is the foundation that joins charitable service and hard work. While an individual generally does not receive compensation for volunteer hours, the rewards of service go far beyond that of monetary payment. Besides the personal satisfaction and the opportunity to either learn or hone your skills, you will gain a deeper understanding of the community and develop a network of contacts that are useful when searching for that next career move.

Learning objectives: 

  1. Understand their role as a volunteer and the importance of service.
  2. Identify potential service opportunities that intersect with professional goals.



Sandra Michele Echols

S. Michele Echols has quite a diverse array of experience and education. Her love for libraries recently garnered her the New York Library Association 2020 Outstanding Services to Libraries Awards. Echols has served in various leadership positions for the New York Black Librarians Caucus (NYBLC), New York Librarians Association (NYLA) and Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). Since 2015, Echols has also taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at several colleges and universities in New York State specializing in Information Literacy, Grant-writing, Career Development and Reference and Information Sources.



Dr. Jennifer Cannell

Dr. Jen Cannell is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate School Library Media Specialist Program at St. John Fisher College. She began her career as a middle school librarian in Fairport, NY where her colleagues awarded her with the Crystal Apple for teacher of the year.  She went on to become a library automation coordinator and a school library system director. Jen is Past President of the New York Library Association, has a passion for learning, and thrives on challenging work.