Tess Wilson

Research and Events Associate for Environment, Health, and Public Art

Tess Wilson is a transplant to the hills of Pennsylvania, originally from the Kansas prairie. Prior to joining Shiftworks Community + Public Arts, Tess worked for the Network of the National Library of Medicine, and before that, at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. As a librarian, her research explored methods of engaging younger generations in library advocacy, and she is a co-author of the 2020 ALA workbook All Ages Welcome: Recruiting and Retaining Younger Generations for Library Boards, Friends Groups, and Foundations.

Tess Wilson is photographed in front of bookshelves in a library.

Tess is the Research and Events Associate for Environment, Health, and Public Art. In this role, Tess is providing support and event coordination during an exploratory research and planning process, which will determine whether Shiftworks launches a second round of our Environment, Health, and Public Art Initiative.

Tess still maintains a strong connection to libraries as a privacy advocate with the Library Freedom Project and a vocal proponent of citizen science and data literacy. Outside of this work, she is a PA Master Naturalist and a mentoring trainer with the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with her local watershed and making art of all kinds. She collects big books and small rocks.

Image Credits

photo by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh