Katy (Dillman) McNicol


  • Co-Chair of inaugural Development & Fundraising Roundtable, in partnership with Connecticut Library Consortium, to share ideas and knowledge with other fundraising professionals in CT
  • Co-Organized fundraising event A Hogwarts Halloween at Blackstone Library, which drew a crowd of over 400 people, and exceeded projected revenues by $2,000
  • Researched and assembled mobile MakerLab, which includes 3D printer, sewing machine, soldering irons, green screen and studio lighting, laptops, and more. 
  • Organized two MakerLab Open House events, drawing over 150 people, and implemented Maker Mondays, afterschool programs for teens, which drew in over 15 teens, who came in for two-hour programs on a regular basis.
  • Created well-received Maker Monday, Book-in-a-Nook and Book-Repurposing programs for children and their parents
  • Developed a dynamic and engaged social media personality for the library, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, monthly email newsletters, as well as posts to local online news outlet Branford Patch, and created personal website to learn about website creation and maintenance

Professional Presentations

  • November 2013: Serving Up Downloads (expanded and revised) workshop for Long Island Library Resources Council
  • April 2013: Serving Up Downloads at 2013 Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference, discussing best practices in supporting digital downloads

Key Attributes

  • Proficient in multimedia technology, including social media, graphic design programs such as Photoshop and QuarkXpress, document creation and manipulation software on Windows PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones, such as Word, Publisher, and Pages.
  • Knowledgeable about teen’s and children’s literature and different developmental needs of children and adolescents
  • Dedicated to providing the best possible customer service, both to external and internal customers
  • Strong ability to prioritize and manage multiple on-going tasks and projects
  • Experienced in Sierra ILS software, iCONN, and the Libraries Online system

Relevant Work Experience

2010–Present  •  Development & Outreach Librarian  •  James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

  • Write, send, and record donations from Spring and Fall Annual Appeal campaigns
  • Organize, plan, and execute fundraising events, including murder mystery event and library mini golf event 
  • Develop youth-oriented programming with Youth Services Librarian, with a focus on ages 12 and up
  • Provide reference services to patrons of all ages, including researching electronic and print materials and providing readers advisory services
  • Develop and maintain library nonfiction collection, with a focus on Religion, American History, and graphic novels
  • Manage social media “personality”, including Facebook, Twitter, and Constant Contact email newsletters
  • Provide instruction in using and downloading ebooks and audiobooks and general computer and library use
  • Develop signage, bookmarks, brochures, and handouts about library services and programs
  • Support all other departments as needed, including assisting with programming and staffing Children’s and Circulation desks

2008–2010  •  Library Assistant  •  Guilford Free LibraryGuilford, CT

  • Develop and conduct Children’s programs, catalog children’s materials
  • Provide reference assistance to patrons, assist with electronic and print materials and reader’s advisory
  • Provide instruction in library and general computer use
  • Circulate materials, collect overdue fines and process hold, renewal and interlibrary loan requests

2003–2007  •   Project Manager, Product Development/Marketing  •  HealthMarkets  Inc., Norwalk, CT

  • Create, design and edit marketing literature, digital and printed materials, signs, banners and trade show materials
  • Maintain physical and digital archives of printed materials and manage relationship with printing vendor

Relevant Volunteer Experience

2016–2018      Connecticut Library Association (CLA)  •  Annual Conference Exhibits Co-Chair

  • Solicit, organize, and provide direction to exhibitors at 2017 & 2018 Annual CLA Conferences

2015–2016      Connecticut Library Association     Annual Conference Co-Chair

  • Develop budget; secure venue, catering, and hotel for over 700 attendees and 80 exhibitors; create theme and develop a two-day program of events from submitted proposals; set rates, create online meeting event and solicit registrations; manage and work with exhibits chair, program sponsors and volunteers to ensure conference runs smoothly


 2009 – 2010  Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
Master of Library Science

1997 – 2002  Florida Atlantic University; Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing


2009 – Present             Connecticut Library Association