There is no time better than now to not only speak for libraries as powerful change agents for society but to radically commit to developing library services around our community’s needs, building partnerships in providing those services and to measure our impact to prove our worth. The United Nations 2030 Sustainability Development goals are a golden moment for libraries as we actively speak up about how libraries help transform our communities and our nations in achieving these goals.https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/
None of us need to “go it alone.” Join the conversation about becoming an even stronger and more resilient field by working more deeply and collaboratively, together.
About Deborah Jaobs
Deborah Jacobs is currently the Director of the Global Libraries Initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She started her career as a children's librarian in a rural library 37 years ago. She has also held positions in bookmobile services, teen services and general reference services, and has managed branch libraries. She ran public library systems for more than 20 years; most recently at The Seattle Public Library, where she led a capital program that resulted in a new Central Library and 26 renovated, new or expanded branch libraries. She believes deeply in mentoring staff and the upcoming generation of librarians as a part of her daily life, but it also led to her teaching a class on public library politics and advocacy at the University of Washington Information School. She was fortunate to have served as a member of the Bertelsmann Foundation's International Network of Public Libraries and works and speaks regularly around the world on keeping libraries relevant, collaboration, advocacy, and building community.
Deborah lives in Seattle with her wife Diane and a menagerie of greatly loved dogs!