Erica Compton, an Idaho native, is relatively new to the library services field. Her background is in education, technology, and training. She has a BA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education and holds an Idaho teaching certificate. Erica has worked primarily with educational and training organizations for over 20 years. Much of her work experience has been in the area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education with students ages 6-18.
In 1998 Erica co-founded an education company and spent four years as Director of Operations and Lead trainer. The company developed a product where tweens and teens could design and build their own 3D environments to address complex challenges and interact in those environments in fully-immersive virtual reality. She trained throughout the US and thoroughly enjoyed working with staff from Science Museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, and public schools. She was also fortunate to work on two incredible projects in California and Florida designed to address the issue of underrepresentation of women in STEAM fields of study. Both projects focused on introducing middle school girls to STEAM education, with the goal of increasing the percentage of women pursuing careers in related fields.
Erica joined the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) in February of 2010 as a Project Coordinator. She spends 75% of her focused on Read to Me early literacy projects which serve children ages birth to eight. The remainder of her time is split between working on programs and services for teens and mid-life adults. She co-developed the “Make It at the Library” project, implementing Makerspaces in five Idaho libraries in year one of the pilot. She also develops innovative Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week projects which have had the effect of increasing tweens and teens participation statewide. She feels incredibly fortunate to work with the talented and dedicated ICfL staff and calls it her “dream job.”