Alison Poage, as the library's administrator, is responsible for long-range planning, budgeting, and collection development. She also participates in the frontline work of assisting students and faculty with their research and enjoys working closely with the librarians and student workers. Alison began her career in libraries as a high school student working in her local public library. She received the B.E.S.T. award (Bringing Excellence in Service by Teens) from the Suffolk County Library Association, an experience that encouraged her to pursue library science as a career. She received her MLS from the City University of New York at Queens College and has worked as a youth services librarian, consultant, and library administrator. Alison is proud to have served on the committee that administered the 2010 Newbery Medal, an award given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. A native New Yorker and avid Mets fan, she now lives in East Austin with her family and is a member at St. George’s Episcopal Church.