Visitors to the Sawyer Free Library these days will find four new faces ready to provide them with assistance.
The library and the Gloucester Lyceum have brought aboard four new librarians, with Jacklyn Linsky taking on the role of local history librarian and Haley Hart as teen library assistant in December, while Gabriela Toth and Lara Vilahomat joined the library team last week, library spokesperson Tracy Davis said. Toth has been named thenew technology librarian, while Vilahomat has been named community librarian.
All four women are filling staff positions that had been vacant, Davis said.
“I am delighted to welcome such an exceptional and experienced group of professionals to our dedicated and talented staff,” said Deborah Kelsey, the library's director. "All four new staff are all so approachable I know that the community will welcome this team of dynamic, smart women warmly.“
Having relocated from Arkansas with her archeologist husband, Vilahomat brings her extensive library experience of creating and implementing programs and outreach events for a community of all ages to her new position as community librarian.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Sawyer Free Library,” said Vilahomat. “I’m honored to be part of a team that provides its residents with such high-quality library services, and I look forward to developing partnerships and outreach programs that help meet the literary, educational, and recreational needs of the community.”
Previously, Vilahomat served as outreach coordinator of the Reference Department at Central Arkansas Library in Little Rock. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Toth most recently was an adult services librarian at the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library. Before making the switch to public libraries, she worked as a librarian at EBSCO, a library vendor with a focus on research databases and eBooks.
“In my time working in libraries, I have found real joy in striking the balance of helping and teaching others and my love for technology," Toth said. "I became a librarian because I wanted to put books, resources, and technology into the hands of the people who need them. I firmly believe that, with the right outlook and literacy skills, technology can make people’s lives easier. I am excited to promote all SFL’s resources and make sure that patrons of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds knows all that the library has to offer.”
Linsky, a Gloucester native and Gloucester High graduate, recently received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Management from Simmons College. She also holds a bachelor of arts from Lassell College.
Linsky also brings archival experience from her internships with the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and Historic Beverly.
“I love that I now have the opportunity at the (Sawyer Free Library) to help preserve the rich history of the city that I grew up in, and get the chance to work with the community that means so much to me,” Linsky said.
As teen library assistant, Hart is working towards completing her Master in Library Information Science at Simmons College. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
At Sawyer Free Library, she aims to help young adults in whichever department they visit.
“The library should be a place that teens can come for help, acceptance, ongoing learning and fun," she said. "Being young and still in school myself, it is easy for me to relate to our teens and discover what excites and motivates them, so the library can best support the development of their interests and abilities."