MD State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Ashley has had a wide and varied history as a librarian. She started her career in 2009 with the St. Tammany Parish Library System in Covington, Louisiana. As the Head of Genealogy, she began creating outreach, education, and marketing opportunities for the genealogy and local history collection. In 2013, she became the Branch Manager of a regional library branch in Central Mississippi; as a result of working a regional system, Ashley became passionate about outreach, marketing, and community engagement. To that end, Ashley began working with the local library association on teaching library leadership methods, creating community engagement opportunities, and promoting libraries as community hubs. She also worked diligently with local schools, Chambers, and community leaders to raise the sanding of the library in the community, increasing library usage and event attendance. In 2017, she joined the MD State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped as the Outreach Librarian. Here, Ashley again became passionate about creating community engagement opportunities of all kinds, creating sustainable and accessible marketing opportunities, and connecting LBPH with branch libraries across the state. Outside of the library, Ashley is a strong advocate for mental health education and reform, writes picture books, and looks for any opportunity to dress up in costumes. For more information, please visit www.ashleymbiggs.com.