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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 teach LIBR 132, Serving Diverse Communities. I’ve been at Highline College for more than fifteen years as a faculty librarian. I earned my master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. I received my B.S. with an emphasis in biology from The Evergreen State College. When I’m not teaching, I can be found at Highline’s busy reference desk guiding and teaching students to find the best sources of information. I enjoy working with Highline's diverse student population and find assisting ESL students especially rewarding. As the lead for electronic resources, I am responsible for coordinating the library’s periodical databases, electronic books, and Search Everything discovery tool. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, hiking and making crafts. I grew up in Seattle and still live in the city with my husband.

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.

Lori Wilson
I teach LIBR 130 School Libraries. I received my master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver in 2005. I received my BA in Journalism from Kansas State University, and went through a two-year Teacher-In-Residence program to get my teaching credentials. I have been a school librarian for 10 years. I spent the first five years in elementary schools and the last five years in middle school. I recently relocated to the Seattle area from Colorado and I love it!