Get to know Josh!

Where did you grow up?

I’m originally from North Barrington, Illinois, which is located about an hour northwest of Chicago.

What did you study in school?

As an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I studied History and Jewish Studies. I cherished classes that exposed me to new stories and perspectives. For my senior thesis, I examined graphic novels and memoirs and their expressions of Jewish American cultural heritage, identity, and generational exchange.

I later returned to the University of Illinois to pursue my Masters of Science in Library and Information Science. While in school, I served as a graduate assistant at the Center for Children’s Books, an interdisciplinary research center concentrated on supporting youth-focused educational professionals, librarianship, and scholarship.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am an avid distance runner and appreciate any opportunity to explore the outdoors, particularly in Wisconsin (shout out to the Ice Age Trail). In addition, I enjoy experimenting with vegetarian cooking, attending theatrical productions, and trying my hand at jigsaw puzzles.

What is your favorite thing about working in a library?

One of the main reasons I think libraries are special is their intentional devotion to community. Collections, programming, and access all exist to elevate users’ unique interests. As a reference librarian, I’m excited to enrich this spirit by providing individual attention to students and encouraging new pathways for discovery and inquiry.

Favorite Graphic Novel:

Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. If you ever need a comics recommendation, I would be more than happy to help!

Favorite Children’s Author/Illustrator:

Maurice Sendak