2012 Eureka Mentor: Paymaneh Maghsoudi
Born in Tehran Iran, I moved to Norman, Oklahoma in 1978 with my husband. We both attended the University of Oklahoma where I received my MLS. Actually I was getting my master’s degree in computer science and working at the science library when my supervisor persuaded me to change my degree and pursue an MLS. She convinced me that librarianship was a perfect fit for me.
I started my work in libraries with the University of Oklahoma in a variety of departments, from science and medical to government documents. Then I moved to Tulsa City-County library as a business and technology specialist.
In 1986 I moved to California and started my career as the A-V librarian for Downey City Library, then worked my way up to Senior Librarian for the Azusa City Library. Then I eventually entered into my first management job as the Assistant Director and then as the Director of the Library and Community Services. I then moved in August of 2001 to the City of Whittier as the Director of Library Services.
During my career I have always been involved in professional and civic activities to enhance my commitment for Libraries.
Appointed by Governor Davis, I have served as a member of the Library of California Board since 2003. In addition I have been involved and served in CLA in a variety of roles, most recently as the president of the association, 2011, CLA legislative committee and number of task force and special projects.
I have always been involved in the community that I work and lead the charge in keeping the library in the forefront. I sit on the board of number of community organizations and take any opportunity to ensure that library is involved in the discussion and to create awareness of the role that the library plays in the community.
In my spare time I look forward to spending time with my daughter and husband, travel, exploring good restaurants especially ones with good desserts, and of course shopping.
During my career, I have had the good fortune of working with some outstanding mentors, so I am really excited to be a mentor again for this program and to give back what I have learned from my mentors and my experiences throughout my career.
I am very excited and honored to be involved in Eureka, and look forward to share my experiences, good or bad, with new and up and coming leaders in our profession.