Eryn Duffee is the librarian at Edmonds Heights K-12, a public school offering classes to homeschooled students in the suburbs of Seattle. She was previously a school librarian in Tennessee, where she was heavily involved in state-wide library advocacy efforts, especially regarding intellectual freedom challenges.
Eryn is a proponent of genryfied library collections, graphic novels for reluctant readers, and self-selected reading for all students. She is preparing to teach coding and information literacy classes in the Fall.
Eryn was the Legislative co-chair and Board Secretary for the Tennessee Library Association. She founded the Tennessee Library Ecosystem Coalition (TLEC) and helped solidify collaborative advocacy among different library types in Tennessee. The group notably created several position statements opposing legislative actions to restrict intellectual freedom in Tennessee schools that were then signed by the boards of all three major library organizations in the state. TLA, TASL, and TLEC recently won the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Award from the Intellectual Freedom Round Table.
Eryn has been a member of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA) and is a current member of the COLA Ecosystems Subcommittee, where she has learned invaluable lessons on advocacy and leadership from library mentors Dorcas Hand and Sara Kelly Johns.
When she is not obliging her passion for librarianship, Eryn can be found exploring the outdoors of her new home state and spending time with her two sons, Theo and Isaac.