Librarians: A Profile of Gary Wasdin, Executive Director, Omaha Public Library
Being interested in subjects as diverse as science, math, history, theater and music can make it hard to select a career, but Gary Wasdin found one as a librarian.
Since January 2010, he has been the executive director of the Omaha Public Library.
“My personal interests are so flexible and changing, they help keep me calm in a profession that’s constantly changing,” Wasdin said.
And, yes, he’s talking about changes in libraries — institutions many people consider to be places to stack and select books.
“Fundamentally at its core, the values and mission continue to be the same, but the way we deliver services and the expectations of our community are changing nearly constantly,” Wasdin said. “The most recent and most obvious changes are digital books and digital media in general.”
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.