Junia Ziblay, Director of Library Science
My professional philosophy is based upon my personal credo that life is meant to be spent in the pursuit of knowledge. Books have been the way in which humanity has explored itself throughout history. Each of these books is an entire universe of thought and libraries are portals to these universes. As the saying goes, “knowledge is power,” and the ability to use that power to ask challenging questions, consider deep philosophies, and perhaps even seek wisdom is my life’s pursuit.
It is as a result of my unbridled curiosity, ardent love of reading, and perfervid desire to seek knowledge that I chose to become an Information Scientist. In the information profession I can put my natural and acquired aptitudes to good use by becoming a conduit of information for others also seeking knowledge.
My passion for learning has led me on a journey which includes: stage-managing live, experimental theatre in Chico; selling photographic equipment in Seattle; studying abroad in London; project-managing technology conferences in San Francisco; and, finally, pursuing my dream of earning an MLIS from San José State university and becoming a librarian in Marin.
The role of school librarian is composed of a multitude of fascinating facets and offers a wide variety of responsibilities and duties; challenges which I deeply enjoy. Some of the most meaningful to me are: managing the library collection; fostering the life-long love of reading and literacy; collaborating with educators; offering information literacy classes; proffering digital citizenship skills and lessons; continually and consistently maintaining high quality services; and embracing everything new without sacrificing the old. I am incredibly keen to collaborate with and support the TMS community!