Sam Helmick is the Public Service Manager for the Burlington Public Library in Iowa, the ALA Councilor for the Iowa Chapter, and current chair of the Iowa Governor’s Commission of Libraries. As the chair of Iowa Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, Sam is proud of their colleagues’ hard work which was recognized by the 2018 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. Sam also serves as the Freedom to Read Foundation Bylaws chair for ALA.
Sam was a member of the 2019 RUSA Sophie Brody, 2019 GLBTRT Barbara Gittings, and 2018 Michael L. Printz Award committees. As a 2016 ALA Emerging Leader, Sam helped to develop an evergreen calendar of YALSA content and worked on the ALA Public Awareness Committee for the #LibrariesTransform and Library Card Sign-Up Month campaigns. Her book Mobile Social Marketing for Libraries is available through Rowman and Littlefield Press.