2012 Eureka Fellow: Jeffrey Sichaleune
I am currently the Lead Adult Services Librarian with the County of Los Angeles Public Library at the West Hollywood Library. My responsibilities include managing the adult department and overseeing the daily operations of the building. The newly constructed library has garnered attention from the media for its design, drawing new library users every day. I'm grateful to be working at such a high profile library since I can show off all the resources that are available in the 21st century and demonstrate why libraries are still important today and in the future.
Prior to working at the West Hollywood Library, I worked in other positions of progressive responsibility for the County of Los Angeles Public Library system, including Alondra Library, Norwalk Library, and Clifton M. Brakensiek Library. Before I moved out to Los Angeles to become a librarian, my career was in Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I went to undergraduate school and obtained my Master of Science degree at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. One of my greatest professional experiences was participating in the process of developing the Asian American Cultural Center, where I served as its first Assistant Director. I stay active with the Asian American community as a member of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association and served on its Literature Award Committee for two years.
In my free time, I enjoy all things related to sports. If I'm not playing basketball, tennis, or going snowboarding on the weekends in the winter, I'm an avid fan and have an unashamed loyalty to teams and players from Chicago and my alma mater. I also enjoy traveling and sampling the local cuisine and haven't met any food I wasn't willing to try.
I was interested participating in the Eureka! Leadership Institute to network with other individuals passionate about library service across the state and get an intimate insight on all the great things that are happening in the profession. I look forward to being part of this dedicated group to further develop my leadership skills so I can better serve the public.