Director of Libraries, Interlochen Center for the Arts
M.S., Library and Information Science, Drexel University; B.A., English, University of Wyoming
Originally from Wyoming, Beth Gourley has been working as a teacher-librarian for the past twenty-five years with experience in a variety of libraries—public libraries, international schools, and a STEM school. This has given her a broad base of experience and flexibility that has allowed her to provide vision, leadership, and action required for dynamic, collaborative learning environments. Her concentrated areas of interest include inquiry-based constructivist models and practices, information retrieval and curation, personal learning networks and lifelong learning, and the design and usage of learning spaces.
Beth has travelled extensively and has lived in a variety of locations. During her fourteen years in China, she and her husband initiated and led a grassroots community service project in the Tibetan region of western China that has established and sustained cross-cultural relationships and provided funding for over thirty Tibetan students who successfully completed their high school and college education.