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General Information

Name:  Amy Affelt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1970 in LaSalle, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Affelt was born and raised in LaSalle, Illinois, and moved to Chicago, where she now reside, in 1988.

Biographical and Professional Information

Amy Affelt grew up in LaSalle, Illinois, a rural town of 10,000 people. Some of her most cherished childhood memories are of walking to LaSalle’s Carnegie Public Library with her mother. She loved to stand at the desk with a stack of books she had selected, waiting for them to be stamped by the librarian.Affelt traveled to the “big city” of Chicago to attend the University of Illinois, where, in just three short years, she earned a bachelor’s degree in history and was named to Phi Beta Kappa. Perusing the help wanted ads, she felt a sense of urgency to have a job title to look for, and Librarian seemed like a good fit with her research skills, so she went on to earn a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from what is now Dominican University. She has spent her entire professional career in economic consulting, working with PhD economists who testify as experts in litigation. She conducts research and analysis to reinforce the points they need to make. She also manages a group of other librarians who do the same.Affelt is a well-known author and conference presenter on top- ics such as adding value to information, evaluating information integrity and quality, and marketing of information services. She is also very active in the Special Libraries Association (SLA), having served as the chair of its Future Ready Toolkit initiative and as chair of the Leadership and Management Division. In 2015, she was named a Fellow of the Association.When she is not reading and studying about Big Data, Affelt enjoys running, cycling, yoga, sailing, ballet, skiing, and cooking, as well as foreign and independent film. Never one to let too much grass grow under her feet, she indulges her passion for travel at every opportunity.

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