2012 Eureka Fellow: Dolly Goyal
I would have never believed it if someone told me I would grow up to become a librarian. Yet here I am, a little over 4 years and going strong. I am currently the Teen Services Librarian for San Mateo County Library (SMCL) and will be celebrating my 2nd year at the Belmont Library branch this October. I am proud to say that I have found my “dream job” and am in charge of outreach and weekly programming for over 4,000 middle and high school students in the community. I am also part of several system-wide programming, technology and collection development committees. Earlier this year, I experienced a taste of management as a temporary branch manager, which was an invaluable experience for me.
I also lead a teen community service group for the City of Belmont and am an ALA member, itching to become more involved in the organization.
Prior to my current position, I was training for my dream job at Santa Clara City and Santa Clara County libraries. I was an extra-help Youth Services Librarian where I learned to overcome my fear of Storytime (kids don’t judge!) as well as important early-literacy tools. I had a brief, but necessary stint as an Adult Services Librarian at Saratoga Library before becoming a Teen Services Librarian at the Cupertino Library. Add a few more extra-help gigs and you could say I’ve been around the library block for this area.
I wanted to attend Eureka to interact with awesome adults who are passionate about the library profession. I am hoping to refine my leadership skills, laugh, cry, and be challenged as well as empowered in showing the world the major role libraries play in uniting communities. I would also like to find ways on how to implement a major project for my teens at the branch and system-wide level.
In my “spare” time, I like to continue exploring the sights and sounds of everything California has to offer with my equally busy future husband and special dog, Lois Lane, eat too much pizza, go to concerts and venture out to midnight showings of the latest superhero flick.