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Instructor Biographies


George Babcock
I teach LIBR 179 Cataloging. When not teaching, I work in the Technical Services department of the Edmonds Community College 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 College, teach online for the University of Maryland University College, and consult through ecolibrarian.

Web Page: http://ecolibrarian.org

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 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.

Jack Harton
I became a faculty reference librarian at Highline College in 1994. 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.

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