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Deborah L. Dubois, Outreach Librarian Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

I decided I wanted to be a librarian when I was in high school. My school librarian, Jean Thomas was my inspiration. I earned by B.S. in Education at Eastern Michigan University with a major in Library Science (something that is no longer available) and a teaching minor in English. I thought I would work in a school library, at least that was the plan. After looking for a teaching job all summer, I decided to apply for the Master's program at the University of Michigan. I hand-carried all my paperwork from department to department in order to be able to start the program on time. I applied two weeks before school started.

I earned my AMLS from the University of Michigan in 1977. My first job was in Shelby, Ohio as the Children's Librarian. After working there, the schools and other public agencies, I ended up at the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library working as a Children's Librarian which I did for 5 years. When my second child was born, I decided I needed a change, but I still wanted to work here as a professional librarian. With the help of my supervisor, I created the job of Children's Outreach Librarian. I worked part time going out into the community to promote library services, cooperate with other agencies that serve children and do programming. I did this for 18 years, until my youngest graduated from high school. At that time the Library asked me to work at my job full time.

I am now the Outreach Librarian serving people of all ages, due to changes at the Library. I still do programming and cooperate with agencies that serve children, but I also do the same with agencies that serve adults and seniors. I enjoy the variety of my job. Each day I do something different and often go somewhere in the community.

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