My name is Sarah Houghton and I am working as the Director for the San Rafael Public Library (California), a two library system serving our city of 60,000. And, of course, I write this Librarian in Black blog website thing which has been around since 2003.
I have worked in libraries since 1997 and as a librarian since 2001. I’ve worked with state and national library advocacy organizations including Infopeople, California Library Association, American Library Association, and the Library and Information Technology Association–including a three-year stint as a member of LITA’s Top Technology Trends Committee and working on the OITP eBooks Taskforce). I was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker as a Trendspotter in 2009. I currently serve as the LITA representative to the Legislation Assembly, as a Director-at-Large for the ALA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable Board of Directors, and also on the ALA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable’s Publications Committee. I speak internationally at live and online events for libraries and other institutions.
I am a big technology nerd and I believe in the power of libraries to change lives. Combined, they make a fearsome cocktail. I have been called an iconoclast, a contrarian, a future-pusher, and a general pain in the ass. I take great pride in each.
I received my MLIS from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and an MA in Irish and English Literature from Washington State University.
About This Site
Years ago, this site was born out of my displeasure at having to wade through dozens of websites, blogs, & RSS feeds related to librarianship, technology, web services, and current trends to find those few posts that applied to my work. I hope this site can continue to help others find information on library web & digital services.
The views expressed on this site and in individual posts are not those of the San Rafael Public Library, the City of San Rafael, or any related agency.
Speaking and Consulting
I am always happy to speak to libraries and other organizations about a variety of library management, future visioning, and technology topics. I also am available to consult as an instructor on a wide variety of topics, teaching everything from one-hour to multi-day classes as required, both in-person and virtually. I also consult regularly with libraries in an informal advisory capacity. Please contact me for more information. I <3 helping people!