Team Leader - Business and Government
Portland Public Library
Portland , Maine
Sonya is the Business and Government Team Leader at Portland Public Library. She covers all things library in the areas of entrepreneurship, government documents, politics, finance, law and career resources. Since starting at PPL she helped organize Portland’s first Startup Weekend, is on the executive board for Maine Startup and Create Week a third year running, works with the Library team organizing Makers@PPL, partnered to create a USCIS Immigration Corner at the Library, led the launch of PPL’s Choose Civility Initiative in addition various other duties.
Sonya earned her MLIS from Simmons College and a BA in Political Science from Framingham State University. In 2014, she completed the Maine State Library Leadership Program. In 2015, she was chosen to take part in ILEAD USA. She is an editor for ALA’s Documents to the People and was the employment chair for the Special Library Association New England Chapter from 2012 to 2016.
*Growing Your Business: Free Tools and Time-Tested Strategies" Mainebiz Momentum Convention, Fall 2015
*Value of Community Outreach, Southern Maine Library District Webinar, February 2015
*Finding Business Data Using Library Resources Southern Maine Community College Launch or Grow Conference, April 2015
* SCORE Business Data Lunch Bytes at PPL, Quarterly Fall 2014 - present
"Maine Library Leadership overview" Maine Library Association, Fall 2014
*"Find That Stat, Stat" Health Science Librarians and Information Consortium Spring Meeting, Maine General Medical Center with Linda Putnam, May 2013
* PPL’s Business Resources Mainebiz Momentum Convention, Augusta Civic Center, Fall 2012
*How To Increase Business Reference Maine Library Association, University of Maine Orono with Stephen Fadel, Spring 2012
Nonprofits and Lobbying Pappas Law Library at Boston University, Spring 2010
Sonya is passionate about Maine, libraries, supporting local startups, snowboarding, red wine and her dog ***not necessarily in that order.
Sunday, June 26
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM