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Jan Davis—“The library is the heart of the city.”

Jan Davis

Assistant to the Treasurer

By Jade Arroyo

Jan Davis is been working at La Biblioteca for one year now, officially as assistant to the treasurer but in reality spreading her talents toward other areas as well, such as in Public Relations and the creation of Networks.

Being on a Board is not an easy task. There’s a lot of collaboration involved, including much team work as well as recognizing cultural differences and learning from them.

Jan moved to San Miguel de Allende last August, but she has been coming here for a while. Besides working for the Biblioteca, she runs her research company.

Jan Davis is the president of Blue Sage Research. She operates from San Miguel, and she is able to virtually coordinate a team of trained information specialists to provide business professionals with the data they need in a timely and cost effective manner. She started her company in May of 1997, and her primary clientele consists of financial analysts, business appraisers, CPAs, business brokers, and economists.

Jan is the former library director at Willamette Management Associates and understands the research needed for business valuation reports and litigation support cases. Her five years of experience as Business/Economics librarian at Willamette University give Jan a strong background in academic research. She received her master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from UC Berkeley and has over 20 years of experience in academic and corporate libraries. Jan is an active member of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP). Blue Sage Research abides by AIIP’s Code of Ethical Practice.

Goals

Jan hopes to help create better conditions and training for the staff, such as professional actualization courses, help and tutoring with English, etc. She would like to work on building alliances with other local and national NGO’s, collaborating with them to accomplish more and to make them aware that this is a great venue in el Centro where they can do some of their educational activities.

Jan wants to let others know that the Biblioteca is working successfully and that we are here for the community. A focus on building relations with the community will help to achieve the goals of the Biblioteca and develop a larger, better outreach in the community.

“As a former librarian, I believe the library is part of our democracy. It’s our blood: equal access to information for everybody. I get so excited when there are people outside waiting for the doors to open up—the fact people want to go in and get information.

I want everybody who comes to San Miguel to know the Biblioteca; they can know it’s such a beautiful and special place, and [I want] to get more tourists to come and support it, too.”

The amount of services given to children is amazing, so is being in an inclusive and safe space for anybody, no matter their status or language. I want everybody to know that.”

She did a very successful membership drive for Dia de Reyes this year. What would be a better gift than giving a child an introduction and access to a library? As a result of the drive, 200 library memberships were purchased and given to local children as a gift for their educational years. Here they can also come to do their homework and get enrolled in art or music classes for free.

 

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