2010 Eureka! Leadership Institute: Patrick Sweeney
I am currently the Branch Manager of the East Palo Alto Library in California. I serve on the organization's emerging technologies committee and am responsible for aspects of the systemwide DVD collection development. As part of the Eureka Leadership Institute I will also now be responsible SMCL's Social Media Campaign.
Before my position in SMCL I have worked in libraries in various ways. I was a library coordinator (branch manager) of a 40,000 square foot joint use facility in Lincoln California. Most notably, at LPL I created a Volunteer Program that boasted over 250 volunteers and I created the library's website and managed its online profile. I previously worked as an Elementary School Librarian where I also created a student volunteer corps and created the library's website. I do a whole lot of library related "work" online as pcsweeney and you can find out just about anything that I have done professionally by googling that name.
While in the MLIS program at San Jose State I held the position of Co-Chair and Web-Coordinator for American Library Association (Student Chapter) where our organization won an Associated Students Award for our online outreach program efforts through Youtube and other social networking sites. I have continued this involvement in the professional organization through involvement in ALA Emerging Leaders, a position in the ALA Ethics Committee, as an ALA councilor-at-large, and various other duties and tasks within ALA and CLA.
I am not sure what I expect to get out of the Eureka Leadership Institute. I am simply hoping to be challenged by other librarians, learn some new skills and ideas, and bring something beneficial back to my branch and my organization.
Outside of Librarianship I have many hobbies that I never seem to have any time for. I am a sailor and I own a small boat in Coyote Point Marina, I desperately want to learn to play the blues on guitar and harmonica, I scuba dive, fish, hike, I'm learning Spanish, and I have an extremely long list of things I need to get to doing and/or learning how to do.