What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am a librarian and public services manager for the Pikes Peak Library District. I manage the Old Colorado City and Ute Pass community libraries. The district has more than a dozen libraries in all. Old Colorado City is a Carnegie library built in 1904, and Ute Pass in Cascade was once a one-room school house.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I promote PPLD's services through programming and outreach within the community, provide customer service, develop long- and short-range plans of service, select/hire staff, and am responsible for overall operations of two community libraries.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I graduated with my masters of library science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2005 and have worked in libraries for more than nine years. After graduate school, I worked for Flathead County Library System in northwest Montana before moving to Colorado Springs. I have held my current position for almost five years.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
I enjoy the people I work with the most. It is extremely satisfing to lead and develop such a quality staff. I am also very passionate about intellectual freedom and the right to read. Everyone has the right to seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. Every day is something new, and I am always learning.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
If I could, I would make the Old Colorado City Library larger, with more seating options. We have very little room for patrons to actually sit down and enjoy the building.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
How to run a fun and productive meeting! This is something I have really had to work on.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The tight-knit community and pioneer spirit of Westside residents is really special. I have made lots of great friends here and it feels like less of a city and more of a small town. I really appreciate knowing my neighbors and walking my daughter to school. The Westside is the best side!
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