NASEF Scholastic Mentor
Tyler Hahn is the Director of the Cherokee Public Library in northwestern Iowa. He is a former NASEF scholastic fellow and has been recognized as one of Iowa’s STEM Gems. Hahn focuses his outreach on developing connected learning and college career awareness services for middle school youth through esports and community engagement.
What are your strengths and unique aspirations as a NASEF Scholastic Mentor?
One of my strengths is my willingness to try anything. Esports really hadn’t been tried in rural libraries, or even schools in my area, and I was able to create a program with the help of NASEF and present it to nearly 500 librarians at a national conference. I’m also more than willing to put in any amount of work to make esports work in my community and advocate for the same in others. Finally, I have a ton of energy and even more stylish cardigans to dazzle (or assault the senses of) the masses. My aspiration is to inspire and empower after school staff to provide high-quality, interest driven opportunities for their students to pursue.
What do you hope to accomplish for your professional development by becoming a Scholastic Mentor?
I see that as a way to take the next step in my esports journey and advocating for more organized programs in libraries nationwide. Before I’m running, I need to master walking, and assisting a group of after school professionals would be ideal to not only build connections with likeminded professionals, but allow myself to further refine what other after school programs need to make a program, and the challenges that they have both sustaining programs and advocating for proper resources and funding.
What is your favorite game?
World of Warcraft