Librarian Turned Journalist: How Columnists Bridge the Gap Between Media and Library

Public librarians Julie Winkelstein and David Kent have both delved into writing columns for their local papers. For six years Winkelstein wrote “At the Library,” a weekly column appearing in San Francisco Bay Area newspapers, and Kent, director of the Cooperstown Village Library in upstate New York, currently writes “From the Librarian” for the Cooperstown Crier. Both established writers as well as librarians, they have used their newspaper space to share library news, events and book reviews, but made the columns their own by opining about local library issues, sharing stories featuring local authors, and connecting with their readers on a personal level.

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