Library and Literacy Consultant
Hedra Packman is a Library and Literacy Consultant with a strong background in dance. In 2012, Packman retired from her position as Deputy Director of Library Services at the Free Library of Philadelphia. During her long career at the Free Library, she supervised many activities including collections management, new project development, adult literacy services, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and digitization projects for special collections and rare books. Packman developed, wrote proposals for, and implemented many grant funded projects, including several Institute of Museum and Library Services projects and the $18 million transformative Model Urban Services for Children initiative funded by the William Penn Foundation. Most recently, Packman has been Interim Executive Director of the Philadelphia READ by 4th! Campaign, an initiative funded by the Annie B. Casey Foundation.
Packman trained as a dancer under Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck at the Philadelphia Dance Academy (the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts) which became the Dance Department of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She attained several Labanotation certificates during her dance training. Later, she worked with Dr. Nahumck to organize and catalog her papers and dance collections and the records of the Philadelphia Dance Academy. As Dr. Nahumck's representative, she worked with the University of the Arts and managed the donation of the collection to the University of the Arts dance library. Packman also worked with DanceFusion Company in Philadelphia and served on the Board of Directors. She helped establish Fusion2, a company of young, pre-professional dancers.