The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo named Joseph Sanchez as the new director of the Edwin H. Mookini Library. Sanchez, who starts his new position on June 29, arrives at UH Hilo after heading the eight-branch Mesa County Public Libraries in Grand Junction, Colorado, for five years. While there, he expanded the number of library users and created innovative ways to engage the public by reaching out to local artists, schools, businesses and other sectors of the community.
“Joseph is a true leader in his profession,” says Ken Hon, UH Hilo interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. “His out-of-the-box thinking has enabled him to consistently develop new and creative ways for libraries to serve their patrons and attract new users. We eagerly look forward to him bringing that approach to UH Hilo.”
Some of Sanchez’s noted projects at Mesa County Public Libraries are the creation of a multimedia production studio, an artist-in-residence program and an online repository of library-produced videos. He is a nationally recognized leader on e-books, e-content, technology and intellectual property in public libraries.
He earned his master of library and information science from San Jose State University.
For more on Sanchez, go to UH Hilo Stories.
—From UH Hilo Stories