Johnson County Public Library
Patrons Your Library Serves:
The citizens of Johnson County Indiana
Dorothy Van Breemen
What was your first library job?
Working as a clerk for a branch of the Orange County Public Library, CA.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
Librarians are keepers of knowledge, and sharers of that knowledge, making it accessible to whomever is in need of it.
How do you stay inspired?
The library world is evolving so fast that there is no time for boredom. It is exciting to learn new technology and see new ways to bring information to the patrons of our libraries.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I cook, and I read. People would probably not guess that I was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and came very close to joining the Air Force, as a mechanic or an electrician. (Of course, most people now, knowing me, would think that the planes were actually pterodactyls.)
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
I was working with inter-library loans, and one patron kept requesting hieroglyphs from Egyptian tombs and temples. One of them was for the hieroglyphs from the mortuary temple at Karnak. When he came to pick it up, I asked him what he was doing with the information. He was dressed like an archeologist in shorts and a shirt with many pockets, and his hair had not known a barber’s touch in months. He told me he was writing a book that would revise world history, placing Joseph in Egypt earlier than was currently believed, and the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt in an entirely different time span, that the current ideas were all wrong. I found that fascinating, since I have always been interested in archeology.
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?
Build a new one. Failing that, I would gut it and remodel everything, with bright fixtures, good lighting and good access to books and computers, with space for research, reading, and, best of all makerspaces!
How do you envision your library in 2025?
We will be doing our best to give our patrons the best of all possible library services.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Stay alert and alive. Observe everything around you and remember it. Remember events and keep history alive. Remembering an event, even if doing so places you squarely in the ‘old folks’ category, means that part of our history is still alive and can be passed on to others as a living incident, not just dry facts to read about.