I am currently the Branch Manager of the East Palo Alto Library in California. This position is allowing me to develop what I have learned from my previous positions in libraries and apply them in a new community, library, and library system. I serve on the organization’s emerging technologies committee and am responsible for aspects of the systemwide DVD collection development.
Previously, I worked as a library coordinator (branch manager) of a 40,000 square foot joint use facility in Lincoln California. This library serves a population of approximately 36,000 people, has a budget of 1.2 million dollars, and a team of 11 professional and paraprofessional employees. At LPL I created the Volunteer Program that boasted over 250 volunteers and I created the library’s website and managed its online profile.
While in the MLIS program at San Jose State I held the position of Co-Chair and Web-Coordinator for American Library Association (Student Chapter) where our organization won an Associated Students Award for our online outreach program efforts through Youtube and other social networking sites. I have continued this involvement in the professional organization through involvement in ALA Emerging Leaders, a position in the ALA Ethics Committee, and various continuing education opportunities.
Beyond librarianship I have held many positions in organizations that enhance and broaden my skill sets. I was an elementary school librarian in Santa Cruz California where I worked with a diverse and largely Spanish speaking community. As a researcher/writer in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong I had the opportunity to work in a diverse and challenging environment. As a Martial Arts instructor I was able to help people work as a team to achieve many of their personal goals. And finally, as a manager of Abercrombie and Fitch I was able to gain experience managing people in a fast paced and changing environment.