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Instructor Biographies

George Babcock
I teach the two classes dedicated to cataloging: LIBR 170 and LIBR 175. When not teaching, I work in the Technical Services department of the HCC Library. My duties include acquisitions, database maintenance, training and, of course, cataloging. I am not only an instructor in the L&IS Program, I am also a graduate of the program (2004). I hold a BA in Comparative Literature (2005). As part of my undergraduate studies, I spent a year at L’université de Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France. Currently, I am working on an MLIS from the University of Washington’s iSchool (expected completion 2009). I like to travel and experience foreign cultures. In addition to his year in France, I have spent significant other time abroad: two years in Germany and four months in New Zealand. I also love music, especially punk rock and classic country. I am more likely to be seen with a cup of coffee and a crossword puzzle at a café than wearing shorts in the gym. That said, I can be spotted from time to time on local golf courses creating massive divots. I would like to welcome you to the L&IS Program and looks forward to teaching you on the Art of Cataloging.

Jonathan Betz-Zall
I celebrated thirty-one years of work as a professional librarian this year. Starting in a technical library, I moved quickly to my real love, public service work, in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Seattle. After twenty-five years working in public libraries primarily with children, I obtained a second master's degree in Environment and Community and became an academic librarian. I now specialize in Information Literacy Instruction and Environmental Education, assist students at Highline Community College, teach online for the University of Maryland University College, and consult through ecolibrarian.

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Hara Brook
I received my master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 2000. I completed the RCA/UCLES Certificate TEFLA Course in Barcelona, Spain in 1995. I enjoy traveling and have visited countries in Europe and Southeast Asia. Many years ago, I was an exchanges student in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Before coming to Seattle, I lived abroad in Sendai, Japan, and Barcelona, Spain. My husband, our two young children and I live in Seattle. I've been working at Highline since 2000. Among my other responsibilities as a faculty librarian at Highline, I am responsible for coordinating the library's reference services.

Karen Fernandez
I received my master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 1993. My undergraduate degree (B.S. 1989) is from The Evergreen State College with emphasis in biology. I've been working at Highline Community College for more than ten years. I teach Library 160: Computers in Libraries, and Library 132: Serving Diverse Communities. As the Electronic Resources Librarian, I coordinate the selection and evaluation of new electronic databases and resources. I enjoy working with Highline's diverse student population and find assisting ESL students especially rewarding.

Dana Franks
I received my M.S.L.S. from Columbia University after graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in English Literature. I’ve worked in just about every kind of library there is, most of them in Vermont. These include an elementary school library, two special libraries (a museum and a television news department), two public libraries (one small and one large) and three academic libraries (Middlebury College, Green River Community College, and Highline Community College). I’ve worked as a circulation assistant, a circulation supervisor, an indexer, a government documents technician, an elementary school librarian, a cataloger, a reference librarian, an instruction librarian and now as an off-campus services librarian. I’ve been a full-time member of the Highline Faculty since 1986. The one library position I most wanted in library school is one I’ve never had: a young adult services librarian. To satisfy that need, I formed two mother-daughter book groups with my daughters nearly five years ago and have been enjoying them ever since. Talking about books, especially with young people, is one of my favorite things to do! I’m one of those “hysterical librarians” who strongly supports intellectual freedom, the right to privacy, equity of access, and the free exploration and exchange of ideas. I do my best to keep these principles at the front of my mind and try to act in accordance with them in all the work I do.

Jack Harton
I am in my 14th year as a faculty reference librarian at Highline Community College. I came to Highline from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), where I was the Social Sciences Reference Librarian for five years. I have bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice and Education, and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among my other responsibilities as a faculty librarian at Highline, I am responsible for coordinating the library's print and media collection.

Lynne King
I have lived in the Pacific Northwest on and off for many years. Currently I live with my husband, dogs and cat, east of Seattle in Renton. I read almost anything, I sew for recreation, but my favorite hobby is sea kayaking, and we have 4 long sea kayaks. We try to get out on Puget Sound every week or so. I love kayaking because it is a sport that almost anyone can enjoy. Ask me about it! We have one daughter who is a physician in Oregon. I have worked at Highline Community College since 1991. I work in the Technical Services department and manage the serials. I am a cataloging specialist and catalog all formats. I am active in WLA and WALE.

Gerie Ventura
I am a native Tacoman who works in Circulation Services. I teach Library 122 and Library 110.