We are excited to welcome Todd Deck, Tehama County Librarian, to the California Center for the Book Advisory Council. Todd is the 2019 California Library Association Member of the Year and has actively participated in the Rural Libraries Tour.
About Todd Deck
A 2014 graduate of Emporia State Universities (Portland, OR Cohort) MLIS program, Todd Deck’s academic experience focused primarily on teens and technology. In his 7 years with Tehama County Library, his focus has been expanding the role rural libraries play helping those experiencing poverty. As Tehama County Librarian, Todd oversaw the design and move to a new library and modernized library website, updated policies such as creating a fine free program, and doubled staff size. These have resulted in increased circulation & programming.
Todd is active in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table; Association of Rural and Small Libraries; and the Young Adult Library Services Association
Through his advocacy for rural libraries, Todd has been featured in several media outlets–most memorably in a Buzzfeed article on LGBTQ issues in rural libraries. Lastly, he coaches for the Future Ready with the Library project, a nationwide program utilizing libraries to increase career awareness amongst middle school students in rural America. His favorite books are Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.
About the California Center for the Book Advisory Council
California Center for the Book is guided by an advisory council of ten librarians from across California. Council members are interested in improving programming for adults and intergenerational groups in California. Members also strive to improve professional development for librarians focused on outreach, programming, and partnerships. The advisory council meets twice a year at libraries in California, alternating between different areas of the state. See our roster and future meeting dates at /about/advisory-council/.