4 Questions With Angela Weisner ’03

Alumna returns to lead HPA’s Dyer Library

In August, HPA alumna Angela Weisner ’03 will assume the role of Upper School Librarian at Dyer Library. After graduating from HPA, Weisner received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from University of Portland, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Weisner grew up in Kona, and attended HPA from K-12, first at the school’s Kona campus, which closed in the mid-90s. For 8 years, she rode the Hele-On bus or carpooled one hour each way every day between home and school. Weisner will join HPA with nearly a decade’s worth of experience in both public and school libraries in Oregon, Arizona, and—most recently—North Kohala.

What makes you excited about leading a school library?
Libraries are all about access to learning in many different forms, and there are so many different ways that libraries can provide that access to their patrons. A school library can serve as a learning commons—as a connector of teaching professionals, a community collaboration and teaching space, a place for learning technologies, a place for school enrichment… as well as the traditional book checkout and provider of e-resources.

What are your main goals for both the short and long term?
My short-term goal is to get to know the students and faculty and learn about how the school has grown and changed since I was a student. This will help me have a better idea of the kinds of needs that the students and teachers have. And honestly that is also a long term goal, as needs can grow and change with new students and faculty. I will also spend some time learning about the collection and the library. From there I can set collection development and program goals. My other long-term goal is to create a space that is welcoming and well-used by both faculty and students… that is seen as an important resource by the community and a space for students to both study and connect with each other. I hope to foster relationships with faculty members and provide resources that can enhance their curriculum.

What do you remember about the HPA library when you were a student?
The Upper School librarian when I attended HPA was Dr. Judith Kautz. She was my advisor and the mother of one of my classmates and friends, Will Curb ‘03. I knew her pretty well and she supported me throughout my high school years at HPA. I was assigned to the library for my work program as a sophomore and as a prefect my junior year. It surprisingly never dawned on me to pursue a career in libraries until much later, and then my connection to libraries early on became apparent.

What are your interests outside of libraries?
I love pretty much anything to do with water. It is a personal goal of mine to acquire a kayak and a stand-up paddleboard and head to the beach most weekends. I also enjoy running—although I’m definitely not as fast as I used to be—and attending barre classes. When it’s safe to travel again I plan to make yearly trips to places I’ve never been. Greece is the first on the list, with my good friend from Arizona.