What was your first library job?
I first worked at the Multnomah County Library (the largest main branch) in downtown Portland, Oregon. I worked as a Clerk in the Circulation Department.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I love to read. I love helping people to find information. There is a satisfaction in helping others to accomplish their spiritual goals through literary resources, to locate difficult information, or to find a good novel or fill out an application.
How do you stay inspired?
I’m always inspired by the stories of other people. I enjoy history and autobiographies. In the bible college where I work, I am surrounded by books filled with spirituality and wise teachings. I’m able to read and glean solutions to life’s issues.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I love to sing. I also love anything adventurous like white water rafting … but only at the beginner’s level 🙂
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
It’s hard to name just one day, but memorable programs are ones, such as Cinco De Mayo or Black history, which draw large crowds. I like seeing parents enjoying watching their children having fun.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
I would do a lot more marketing … have regular commercials about reading and our library. I’d give away needed products to the community I serve, which would draw them to our library.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
Even more multicultural services than ever before. I also envision more visual (Skype™ type) online reference assistance; use of voice activated services on a grander scale. More efforts in place to close the digital divide.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Keep abreast of the latest library technology and learn one or two new languages.