My name is Brianna Anderson and I live in a small town in San Joaquin County not too far from Sacramento. I currently work for the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library system at the Lathrop Branch library, a small, rural branch.
In the future, I would love to continue working in public libraries. I’m not sure if I’d like to try my hat at a large library, or maybe even a medium sized one. One of the things I love most about working for a small branch is the ability to really get to know your patrons and their families. You know who likes what books and who’s got what on hold.
Before my new-found library career, I worked extensively in education in both special education and for tutoring companies. I worked at both public schools and non-profit, non-public schools as push-in help and as an instructor in a vocational classroom for older teens and adults with autism teaching them job and life skills. I ultimately decided that this wasn’t quite the path I wanted to go down and decided to pursue a degree in librarianship, my first real passion. I think that one of the wonderful facets of a library, besides being around books all day, is the amazing capacity for teaching and learning from a wide variety of subjects and from a wide variety of people. I get to do wonderful programs for kids and teens, where I learn as much, maybe more, than those I’m teaching.
I can’t wait to see what this course has to offer and am really looking forward to learning about a hyperlinked library and how social media is changing and enhancing the profession.