About Me

I am an innovative, creative, and collaborative librarian and information provider constantly looking to engage the community in new and unique ways. This includes information retrieval, programming, information literacy, social media optimization and most importantly user accessibility. I firmly believe that libraries should be situated at the center of the community and strive to meet our users at their needs. With the awareness that constant change is the center of library information, I meet this challenge by remaining flexible to emerging technologies and strategies.

I held the position of Adult Services Librarian at the Centralia Timberland Library where I worked with a great staff to bring library services to our community. I was proactive in programming and outreach services which steadily improved attendance. Our business connections and involvement continued to grow as we continually built connections. At the  Pierce County Library System, I held the position as a Librarian, On Call where I provide customer service to a population of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds..  At PCLS I was also a Senior Branch Assistant where I worked with librarians and administrators and served a diverse population in a dynamic public environment. We help patrons solve technological problems, provide information literacy classes, offer readers advisory and are advocates and practitioners of emerging trends. I was fortunate to work with people who are team oriented and encourage innovation and learning.

I have always embraced the idea of client-focused customer service. I owned and operated King’s Books in downtown Tacoma with the mission statement “Give back to the community.”  With this as a foundation I was able to create a community oriented business model that served the public and provided a space for diverse groups to meet and exchange ideas. I was able to develop working relations within the business community to support local arts and I created and presented events and classes. I’m proud to say King’s Books was recognized by the City of Tacoma with the 2008 Amocat Arts Award for “Community Outreach by an Organization.”

It’s the connection with community that is the ultimate reward. Through connections in a wide variety of conduits – digitally, through social media, or person-to-person – a synergy can develop. With that goal in mind anything is possible.

In addition to my love library and reader’s services, I have a life long passion for baking, and My challah is a hit at every mitzvah. I’m a enthusiastic urban homesteader who traded in the front lawn for a field of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Our chickens happily scratch out an amusing existence.

John

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