Email: jaenarae [at] gmail.com
Hi! I am a branch manager with the San Francisco Public Library at the Ocean View Branch. At the Excelsior and West Portal branches, I managed the Filipiniana and fiction collections, as well as organized programs and events with a focus on Filipino culture, arts and crafts, and digital literacy. I earned my MLIS from Syracuse University, and my BA in journalism from San Francisco State University.
Before delving into library life, I was a web producer for Renaissance Journalism and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where I managed websites and developed story layouts. As much as I believe in journalism, I needed something more in my professional life. That’s why I became a public librarian. Here in San Francisco, I’m on the front lines of our communities. I’ve always enjoyed helping people, and now, instead of sitting in front of a computer, I’m able to help people from all walks of life every day, whether it’s with a job application or learning how to use a computer or tablet. I focus on programming that really reflects the Excelsior community. As a somewhat new librarian, I’m still learning each time I’m on the desk. I’m excited by learning with our patrons, and opening new doors for them along the way.
Outside the library world, I may be found searching for the best coffee in the city, or hanging out with my three cats, Gizmo, Biko and Niko. I also spend an inordinate amount of time on Twitter, so feel free to ping me there too.