Gia Arbogast: Building on technology at Miami-Dade Public Library
While an undergraduate at the University of Miami, Gia Arbogast learned a position was opening up at a library branch in Carol City. She took the part-time job but, after a while, decided it wasn’t right for her.
Instead, Ms. Arbogast decided to use her degree in psychology and went to work in a drug rehabilitation center for teenagers. After 18 months, however, she was back in school studying for a master’s degree in library science and has been in the field ever since.
On July 6, Ms. Arbogast became director of the Miami-Dade Public Library system. Her goals are to keep the system relevant and let people know the myriad services their local library provides.
Having come to this country from Trinidad, Ms. Arbogast remembers how differently things were done here. So she’s sensitive to the needs a library can fulfill for newcomers who want to learn how a community functions as well as residents of all ages, tastes and cultures seeking educational materials and opportunities for social engagement.
Ms. Arbogast just assumed people know what services the library system offers but recently learned that’s not always the case. So she’s looking for ways to engage face-to-face, such as town hall meetings in different communities, to discover what interests the system’s patrons and whether the county’s libraries are on the right path to deliver them.
Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Ms. Arbogast at the main library.
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