MEET YOUR LIBRARIANS – Delia Galan

Public Services Librarian Delia Galan discovered the power of libraries to level the playing field by providing free access to information, at a young age.  In high school “one summer I volunteered at the Pacoima Library for six months and was offered a position.  I became a page and then a clerk in customer service.  I loved helping people and answering questions.  I loved exposing my community to the free books and programming for kids and the resources they could get from us.” Delia always knew her career would involve helping people.  Initially, she considered a career as a park ranger or in sociology research. During this library experience, she recalls thinking “I’m in a library and I can help people in ways that can be lifelong.”

After attending Cal State Northridge and earning her Master of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University she began working in the Los Angeles County Library System.  There she discovered her talent and joy of crafting programs for adults.  This led her to her current position in Santa Monica.  “I like program coordination. That part of trying to come up with programs that are related to the book – how do you wrap a program around a social construct?  It’s great to share ideas with other librarians and come together to create the program.  We offer a mix of programs, some are academic, but we make them accessible.”

Delia values the everyday joys of talking to people during the day at the Information Desk and helping them find books.  Her own curiosity is fed by the requests she gets, a search for a patron can always “teach me something I didn’t know.”    Every year she looks forward to September because it is library card sign up month.  “I love when we go out into the community. So many people think librarians read books all day.  It’s fulfilling to educate them on what we really do and all the things libraries have to offer.  From free access to books and movies, to Appy hours where you can get small group tech help, they are so surprised to hear what we offer.”