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ICfL welcomes new SW/south central field consultant
Since arriving at the Commission in late May to assume field consultant responsibilities for southwest and south central public libraries, Kevin Tomlinson has been visiting libraries, meeting people, and participating in meetings—taking in as much as he can about the Idaho library community.
Tomlinson, who earned his Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from Indiana University, brings a wide range of library experience, from the Library of Michigan to public library systems in Michigan and Arizona. At Michigan’s state library he served on the legislative team, while his public library positions include department head, branch head, and deputy director—giving him varied perspectives on library matters. Tomlinson says his responsibilities at the Commission are a great fit because they will require him to draw on all of his skills, background, and knowledge.
Prior to library work, Tomlinson taught for several years, at both high school and middle school levels, and is certain he will be drawing on that experience as well. He notes that there is a lot of teaching involved in the library profession. “When you are at the front desk, you’re ‘on.’ Story time, reference, and book discussions are all teaching.” He foresees drawing on past teaching experience for consultant activities such as facilitating at meetings and training at workshops.
Tomlinson is excited about the challenge of “thinking on his feet” as he works with public libraries to build their capacity. He is also eager to get involved in some of the many outdoor opportunities that Idaho offers.
The Commission is delighted to have Tomlinson on board.