K12 On Learning

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Dec 15th, 2022 | 21:02

How Libraries Shape Communities

Libraries are not just for books; they have evolved to become community hubs, serving an important role in civic life. In this episode, we welcome Holly Jackson, a former librarian, library director, and now a library consultant, to help us learn how things have changed at local libraries to benefit our communities and families.
Holly has been working in libraries for a combined total of about 15 years. Most recently, she was the director of the Portneuf Library in Chubbuck, Idaho. Holly has experience in both public and university libraries, as well as various positions within the library world. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Master of Library Science degree with advanced certificates in Youth Services and Advanced Management in Libraries. Currently, Holly runs librariAND, a Consulting and Education company dedicated to helping libraries all over become a community hub through advancing collections, programs, and services with the future of their community in mind. Throughout her time in libraries, Holly has done everything from shelving to community outreach to robotics and contract consulting, and she has loved almost every minute of it. She learned early in her career that there was nothing more rewarding to her than connecting with people and seeing their empowerment when they learn something new and she made it her goal to create as many of those opportunities as possible for her community. When not working in libraries, Holly can be found with her husband, four young children, and three rambunctious dogs reading, playing board games, watching movies, or enjoying their garden.