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Member of the Month
Interim Central Library Coordinator, San Antonio Public Library
I’ve served as an adult services librarian at San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) for more than 10 years, both in branches and at the Central Library. In the early part of my career, I focused on helping SAPL staff and patrons get comfortable with mobile technology, OverDrive, and eReaders when those technologies were still very new to our customers. In the past few years, I’ve been able to focus on partnerships in the community that extend services to our users. A partnership with the Southwest School of Art has resulted in part of the Central Library being converted into a small academic library to support the School’s brand new BFA program. A partnership with the Department of Human Services has resulted in new supportive programs for adult learners in four branch libraries, and a partnership with the local Workforce Solutions provides job fairs at those libraries to connect job seekers to employers in their community.
Innovative library practices
I think the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center is a wild and wonderful idea. Through our adult learning program at SAPL I’ve learned so much about how learning can happen through any activity, and combining cooking and literacy must make this program so accessible and successful for the users of the library.
Favorite literary character or book
I’m currently reading the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. Gavin, the reigning “Prism” in the first novel, is one of my new favorite characters. Normally I dislike being forced to question the reliability of a main character (I despised Gone Girl for that reason), but somehow Weeks keeps me invested in the character even though he’s forcing me to question Gavin’s motivations and nature at every turn, even starting in the first few paragraphs of the first book.
Most memorable TLA experience
Definitely TALL Texans. I loved having a diverse and really accessible group of mentors in the program, but of course as you go along in the institute (and then throughout your career) your relationships with your cohorts in the program develop into strong peer-mentorships as well. I encourage everyone to apply for TALL Texans. The information and connections you make at TALL Texans are local and accessible all the time, and the leaders of the institute, Jack and Maureen, are nationally recognized. You will come away a better librarian.
Created on Nov 1, 2011 | Last updated April 01, 2015