Currator (Private collection)
Private Library (My Own)
Los Angeles, CA
Patrons Your Library Serves:
Anyone who asks
What was your first library job?
I began walking to the local Baldwin Hills Branch Library when I was about 10 years old, where I befriended a girl who put the books back on the shelves. That was 40 years ago, and Pat Williams and I are still close friends — between us we own over 40,000 books and publications.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I encourage the children in my apartment house to read, set out books for them or encourage them to partake when the bookmobile comes around. I am also an artist, and do projects that they enjoy.
How do you stay inspired?
Well, art and reading, of course!
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I am a good voice actor and enjoy writing radio plays.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
When I showed a group of kids the joy of sculpting.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
Anything to help preserve books is dear to me. I volunteered at Save The Books when the fire at Central Library happened, in the 80s. I was actually at Baldwin Hills Branch while Central was on fire, and all of the staff was grieving.
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
I would replace all the microfiche readers. However, the microfiche content is still important — a lot of the material on microfiche has never been saved to another medium.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
I just plan to be as helpful as I can. They are opening a new Branch in Los Feliz later this year that is close to me.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Listen to your reading public and don’t forget the books! A lot of youthful librarians are very attenuated to the computer, but a sharp knowledge of the stacks and the Dewey Decimal System is still critical. You should be able to do ALL research with physical books, first, then the Web.