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Published: Sunday, 5/19/2013

New assistant manager of Sylvania Branch Library aims at outreach

Will Harbauer Will Harbauer

Will Harbauer, the new assistant manager of the Sylvania Branch Library, has relied on the books and education tools of libraries from when he was a young.

“I was home schooled, so I was always at the library, and my family and I were big patrons of the library,” said Mr. Harbauer, who was born and raised in Toledo.

The 29-year-old became employed at the Sylvania Branch Library, at 6749 Monroe St., in February. In March, he dedicated time to training and preparation for his new role. He said he is ready to enhance the library's educational and volunteer programs, as well as community outreach.

He has made contact with the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce and plans to reach out to young professionals in the Toledo area.

"I think it helps having someone from the library being a part of those groups because the library has many business tools and they are free to use, and we also have great recreational programs, as well as entertainment," he said.

Mr. Harbauer, who started his librarian career as a volunteer, began working at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library in 2001 as a page at the Maumee Branch.

He said that, volunteer based programs, such as the Friends of the Library, depend on the support of volunteers to help with books sales and other tasks in the branch that is the most frequented in the system.

“With visitors and books, combined with materials that circulate, we are one of the busiest branches in the system, apart from the downtown branch,” he said.

Mr. Harbauer received a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University in 2009, and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Toledo in 2007. His previous position was a librarian at the Kent Branch Library & Access Center. He also began work as a reference librarian at the Bowling Green State University Libraries in 2012. He managed the teen programs and books, and helped patrons develop computer skills and résumés.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com

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