I'm Marquita Gooch-Voyd and I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia. I have 10+ years of varying experience in the Library field. I am a graduate of Florida State University earning my Master of Library and Information Studies degree in 2011.
I began my library career as a PT Library Assistant for the Fulton County Library System.
I did a brief stint as a School/Teacher Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Schools where I brought Brookland Middle School its first academic win when one out of the two groups I mentored placed as a first time entry in Washington, D.C.'s National History Day competition. Their documentary, focused on the Harlem Renaissance and how gentrification in Harlem, NY, is affecting Black history, was the 3rd place documentary in the Middle Grade bracket.
From 2017-2022, I served as the Assistant Director for Technology and Training for the Clayton County Library System (CCLS) in Jonesboro, GA, just 20 minutes outside of Metro Atlanta. In addition to my duties as an Assistant Director, I was also the Marketing and Website coordinator for CCLS. I managed two library branches, facilitated a variety of classes, secured a Grow with Google official partnership for the library system, led the the path for CCLS being the first library system in the USA to offer free trades skills classes, assisted in writing and earning grant funding for various programs and establishing CCLS as a premiere library system when it comes to outreach.
Currently, I serve as the Marketing Operations Manager for Academy of Art University where I mange vendor invoices, perform education trend research and competitive analysis in addition to other duties such and QA-ing email correspondences for marketing purposes.
In my spare time, I focus some of my attention on building my brand as a small business owner. MV3 Events (named for myself, my husband and daughter - who's names all start with the letter M) is a boutique wedding officiant and planning service. You can learn more about my business, here. In addition to being a small business owner, I am also a budding photographer and DJ!
That Time I Made HERstory...
- In 2020I became the first person of color to receive the Librarian of the Year award from the Georgia Public Library System. It is truly an honor and I am grateful that they recognized my hard work and efforts I've contributed to the success of the library system I work for and the overall success of Librarians in Georgia. Read More by Clicking Here
- I single-handedly conceptualized and executed the initiative to bring Interplay Learning to the citizens of Clayton County making the Clayton County Library System the very first library system in the United States to offer these specialized trainings to library patrons at no cost to them! Learn more about the CCLS Interplay Learning trades skills program by clicking here.
- I was the very first Teacher-Librarian for Washington Metropolitan High School. The students advocated for a true librarian and I was honored to be the first. I created a bond with many of the students during my time there - some of which I still communicate with today. DCPS will be closed Washington Met in 2020.
- I was the very first School Librarian for Brookland Middle School in Washington, D.C. It was at Brookland that I learned the most about establishing and managing a Makerspace, 3D printing, Arduino and modular robotics. I also learned that my previous talents for filming and editing videos would come in handy as I helped two small groups create short documentaries for National History Day. One of the groups placed 3rd in their category bring Brookland it's first academic win in its first year of being open.