Annie Schutte
about me
about me

I'm currently employed as the Library Director at the Maret School, working primarily with students in grades 5-12. I teach weekly library classes for grades 5-8; collaborate with teachers on project-based classes for grades 5-12; oversee the libraries and research curriculum for K-12; and work on promoting reading, information literacy, and 21st century research skills throughout the school.

Before finishing my Master's of Library and Information Science, I worked as the Managing Editor and Associate Director for Online Communications at the Center for American Progress, coordinating all content and technology for the Center's website.

Previous employment has found me leading a national feminist magazine for progressive young women, developing an online interface for viewing and researching artists' books, reporting on news for the under 12 crowd, coordinating daily operations for a baseball team, and working at the only institute for the study of rare books in the world.

You can contact me at arschutte[at]gmail[dot]com.

reading
reading

I ventured on the path to become a librarian after realizing that I was spending all my free time reading books or trolling for books on blogs and in the public library. I spend most of my time reading young adult and middle grade fiction, but am fairly omnivoracious in my book consumption. My weakness is remembering everything I've read, so at some point in 2011 I started obsessively keeping track and writing reviews on Goodreads.

I also wrote about young adult literature for a time on the YALSA's blog, The Hub, including a few articles on diversity in YA lit that garnered a good bit of online attention, starting with the piece "It Matters If You're Black or White: The Racism of YA Book Covers."

writing & editing
writing & editing

Sometimes I write things instead of just reading them. Although sometimes I write things about reading, too.

My current writing ventures include writing freelance articles about libraries for the Knight Foundation, being a contributer to the ALA YALSA young adult literature blog, The Hub, and writing occasional pieces for The Awl family's money blog, The Billfold, about being cheap.

I wrote (and edited) a lot more when I worked for the Center for American Progress. I penned articles on everything from energy to immigration, and edited and developed reports, features, interactives, videos, columns, and more.

As the Coordinating Editor for iris magazine, I edited everything in the print edition, launched a weekly online magazine, taught publishing classes, and much more. Read my editor's letters (1, 2).

There were also some questionable times in my past when I wrote about all things hip in DC for Model People's Culture Blog, and put together feature stories and weekly aritcles for a now-defunct online newspaper for kids called Kids Newsroom.

design & production
design & production

Website design, production, and information architecture are still interests and skills I try to keep up, but I haven't done much lately.

At the Center for American Progress I helped them through through two major redesignsusing Zope CMS, Python, HTML, Javascript, and CSS. I also managed all daily site updates and activity. I also worked with CAP projects and affiliates with large web projects, including consulting on an Enough Project redesign and engineering the information architecture for a Think Progress overhaul.

I have designed and built a number of small websites using WordPress and other content management systems, including Jonathan D. Moreno, Alan Muney Photography, Beads by Teresa, Glue and Scissors, and a bunch of other random and defunct stuff probably not worth mentioning.

I was also the initial web developer and designer for the Artists' Books Online project, created using XML, XSL, HTML, and CSS.