Joanna Conrad has earned a Masters in Library Science from IUPUI, after completing a BA in Creative Writing and an Associates Degree as a Library Technical Assistant from Ivy Tech. While pursuing her education she has been employed as a Public Services Associate at the Indianapolis Public Library, East 38th St. Branch, since March of 2016. Prior to that, she was employed as a student clerk at Greenwood Public Library from June 2012 until 2016, after completing her LTA practicum there as well.
Philosophy and Goals:
I continue to believe the most important function of a library is to serve the information needs of its patrons. Though those needs may vary by the type of library or by the focus of the institution, service to patrons always comes first.
Public libraries, in particular, are vital anchors of the community that can bring several service organizations together for collaboration, outreach, and community integration. Public libraries support education programs, social service institutions, and local businesses as librarians provide patrons access to necessary information and assist with navigating organizational structures.
I feel lucky and grateful every day that I am able to help my neighbors meet their goals, find inspiration, or simply enjoy some quiet entertainment. I hope to continue doing so through my work in public libraries. I look forward to creating programs and developing well-circulated collections that reflect my belief that service to patrons always comes first.