Sunday, February 14, 2010

Q&A with Demita Gerber, Monona Public Library Director

This way to the Monona Public LibraryLink to Wisconsin State Journal interview posted February 13.

Excerpt: Teenage debt dragged Demita Gerber into the library business years ago.

Gerber, director of the Monona Public Library since December 2006, owed money to the Phoenix Public Library as a youngster. "I checked out books and I owed fines," Gerber said. "Unfortunately, I couldn't pay the fines, so they said I could work them off by working as a library page. Then they gave me a job. I shelved books."

Gerber got promoted, then went to Whittier College in California for two years and worked as a library assistant in the children's room. "I married and moved to New York City and worked in an insurance library. I went to Columbia University Library School and got a master's degree," she said.

Continued library administration experience brought her to Monona.

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