Miranda Johnson, the new Manager of Programming and Customer Relations at the Airdrie Public Library is excited by her role.
Johnson, who has worked at public libraries in Calgary, Houston, Texas and, most recently, Saskatoon has a love for programming and has seen the benefits of a well-programmed library.
"My great love is programming so this is really exciting for me. I have witnessed children learn to read, adults learn to read, people integrate into the community and feel a part of the community. I've supported people to get health information, really improving their quality of life and that's such a great privilege and really a focus of what we're going to do."
Johnson says she specifically went into library services because she wanted to be involved in creating a learning experience for people. She began her library experience working as a library assistant at the Calgary Public Library then went on to obtain her degree in library science through the University of Northern Texas after she and her husband moved to Houston where he worked in the oil and gas industry.
After working at the Houston Public Library she returned to the Calgary Library for three years before moving on to take a position with the Saskatoon Public Library. Johson has an American Library Association accredited Masters Degree in Library Science, a Bachelors in Political Science and is working toward a Masters Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.
Johnson says her role with the Airdrie Library is not completely new, but a restructured one. "We've done a little bit of restructuring so it is a newer position. Basically, our programs and the focus on customer engagement is the other side of library. We often think of libraries in terms of collections, but it's also those activities you do that support learning and literacy development."
Johnson is planning to work with what she calls, "all ages and stages." "Lifelong learning is lifelong learning, from the time you're born until the time you leave the planet. We need to always be continuing to learn so I'm going to be working with all ages which is a great privilege for me."
Lifelong learning through the library is something Johnson is passionate about. She says, "We're going to structure a suite of programming that's extremely engaging and appealing that keeps people coming to the library and focused on lifelong learning. There's no end to what we could do to that so we're really excited to get started. Airdrie Public Library has done a lot of great things so it will be building on what they already have done."