Heather Novotny

Heather Novotny


At McGillis since 2016

Contact Heather Novotny:


  • B.A., Preparation for Teaching - Single Subject, San Jose State University
  • M.L.S., Emporia State University of Kansas


Before accepting my current position as librarian at The McGillis School, I served as Senior Librarian for Children's Programming & Outreach with Salt Lake County Library. I was was an American Library Association Emerging Leader in 2017, and the Utah Library Association's Librarian of the Year in 2014. One of my professional goals is to increase the use of diverse books in Utah's public, charter, and independent schools. The past several years, I have presented speaker sessions about diverse books at both of our state library conferences. I love camping, especially in the mountains. I'm an avid reader and an enthusiastic knitter.

I am currently reading:

Anya and the Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack

I am learning to:

Be a better vegetarian cook.

Favorite McGillis lunch:

Fish Tacos

Favorite McGillis tradition:

I love Family Group!

Favorite McGillis moment:

Every time a child's face lights up when they come into the library, I know I'm in the right place.

Defining moment that lead you to your career in education:

One day a man came into the bookstore I used to manage and asked me if I had a copy of Catcher in the Rye. I walked over to the fiction section and handed it to him, and he put it back on the shelf after reading the cover price, $6.99. I seriously considered going into the backroom and getting my wallet and buying the book for him. I had this powerful realization that my career path wasn't quite right. I was selling things that I wanted to give away for free. Librarian is the best job in the building. I'm living my dream!