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About Ethan Annis

For more than 15 years Ethan has worked in libraries and for more than a dozen years he has led library departments. What inspires him most about being a librarian are the opportunities to foster and nurture informed, inquisitive communities, where everyone has equitable access to resources and services they desire. His goal is to make libraries into inclusive spaces for the community to learn, grow and connect. His experience, including 6 years as an IT professional and one year as a systems librarian, has allowed him to effectively work with both digital and physical resources to make his goals a reality. To stay current with the field, he serves on the board of the California Academic & Research Library Association and is Chair of the association's mentorship program.  As a volunteer he has worked with prisoners, the homeless, unemployed people, children needing tutoring, teaching Hebrew and registering voters.

In addition to a master's degree in library science from University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, he has a BA in English literature with a minor in biology from Earlham College.  He also studied to be a rabbi for three years at Hebrew Union College but decided not to complete his rabbinic studies.  For fun he hikes, reads, attends authors' events and travels.  He is a member of a contemporary literature book group and a neuroscience book group. 


2011 - Present Head of Access and Technical Services, Dominican University of California Archbishop Alemany Library
2009 - 2010 Systems Librarian/Web Developer, Dolby Laboratories
2006 - 2008 District Librarian/Librarian II, Redwood City Public Library & School District
2004 - 2005 Librarian, The Marin School
1994 - 2000 Freelance Computer Consultant, Self-employed
1992 - 1994 Head of Public Services, Livingstone College

Curriculum Vitae


2011 Proposal for a Strategic Initiative Fund Grant for a Mobile Computer Lab
Dominican University of California
Strategic Initiative Grant
Role: Lead Author
Colleague(s): Judy Halebsky, Neal Wolfe, Adolfo Real, Kenneth Fish, Maia Kobabe, Jonathan Glocknitzer
2007 To Bring Graphic Novels into a School Library
Northern California Independent Booksellers Association
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Board Member, California Academic Research Library Association's Board of Directors
2018 - Present Chair, California Academic Research Library Association's mentoring program
2011 - Present Circulation Representative, MARINet
Present Member, American Library Association
Present Member, Association of College and Research Libraries
Present Member, California Academic and Research Library Association (CARL)
2010 - 2012 Copy editor and contributor, Special Library Association's regional newsletter
2009 - 2012 Member, Special Library Association
2006 - 2009 Member, Public Library Association
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1990 - 1992 MLS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‐ Library Science
1986 - 1990 BA, Earlham College ‐ English

Contact Information

Dominican University of California
Archbishop Alemany Library
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901


Articles (2)

Book Contributions (1)

Presentations (2)

Grant Applications (2)

Letters to the Editor (5)