My name is Lisa Newton and I’m the Deep Librarian.
I’ve spent the past 8 school years working in private school libraries.
The Deep Librarian blog is my attempt to define and clarify my views on how faith and spirituality informs my work as a school librarian. I also want to explore ideas about productivity, professional development, and inspiring life-long learning in students.
My goal is to provide readers with a glimpse into how I navigate the tension that can arise when a librarian of faith works in a secular institution. I am a Christian, but I believe that the insights I discover can be of value to librarians of any belief system.
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Even though I spent a lot of time in libraries when I was younger, I stumbled into librarianship as a career almost by accident. After graduating from college and spending about a year substitute teaching and teaching Spanish part-time, I realized I did not want to be a classroom teacher. I liked being with students and working in a school environment, but I didn’t like certain aspects of classroom teaching. My mother (a former teacher herself) said she always wished she had been the school librarian. I found out there was a graduate program in library science near me, and I enrolled with the intent of just checking it out and seeing if I liked it.
It turned out that I did like librarianship, and I received my MLIS from San Jose State University. I spent three years working as the library media specialist at a small, all-girls, private high school and then four more years at one of the largest K-12 Christian schools in the western United States. In August 2012, I began my current job as librarian of a small private school in Northern California.
I’ve been married for two years and I live with my husband in one of the most beautiful cities on the West Coast.
Why Deep Librarian?
I decided on the name “Deep Librarian” because I want to dive deeper into what it means to be a school librarian of faith who works in a secular institution.
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Nice one Lisa! I’m impressed with your ideas and spirit. I’m encouraged when I see librarians who share similar ideas with me. Bravo! Deep Librarian – what a lovely concept
Thanks for taking the time to comment, David! I believe there are a lot more of us out there who share similar ideas, and I’m hoping this blog is a place where we can connect.