Introduction

Hi everyone! My name is Michelle Brown, and I am about 3/4 of the way done with the MLIS program. I’m doing the full time work part time school thing, so it’s taking me a little longer than I planned. I’ve been trying to focus on classes that teach things I won’t learn on the job. I’m hoping this class will give me some tools or expose me to ideas that I can use to navigate the ever changing technology and library fields. I’m interested in how libraries are evolving as community spaces and what I can do to help advocate for libraries as essential parts of our communities.

Over the summer, I was hired as a Library Supervisor at the Sacramento Public Library. I run a small neighborhood branch in North Sacramento. It’s only been three months, but I love it! I supervise 1 full time and 2 part time Library Assistants as well as two Shelvers. There are no other staff (Librarians, Circ Supervisor, etc.), so I get to wear many hats and do lots of everything. Previously, I worked at the Roseville Public Library and the Humboldt County Library. I want to continue working in public libraries, but I don’t have a next step planned yet. I think I’ll be happy with where I am for at least a while.

For my bachelor’s degree, I studied Studio Art at Humboldt State University. I learned many different kinds of art but focused mostly on photography and painting. In my spare time, I enjoy art, yoga, camping, and of course reading. I like picture books because I actually have the time to finish them!