FLINT — The Genesee District Library (GDL) has named Nick Eisengruber as the new Headquarters branch librarian. Eisengruber started his career with GDL as a library assistant in 2018. In that role he had the opportunity to work at most of the 19 branches throughout Genesee County. He spent the past six months as a temporary branch librarian at the Burton Memorial and Mt. Morris branches.
Eisengruber has a vision for the Headquarters Library. “I hope to continue the success that the previous librarian, Liz Kish, brought to the branch,” he said. “The role of the public library is to serve as a community hub. Whether you’re looking for a computer to use, a program to attend, or the latest James Patterson novel, the library provides access to all this and more. Being flexible to patron needs is my goal.”
Access is the most important thing libraries offer to patrons, according to Eisengruber. “The rise of digital library resources means that more patrons are utilizing the library than ever before,” he said. “The goal for libraries today is to continue to invest in emerging digital resources, while also maintaining the physical branch as a community resource.”
Patrons will find that Eisengruber brings a special skill to the position. “With a graduate certificate in archival administration, I have a unique insight into personal, public, and private archival use,” he said. “Whether that is helping patrons with a genealogy project, or recommending the best way to store precious pictures and documents, I represent a unique blend of the library and archival worlds. My hope is that patrons at the Headquarters branch come to rely on me for both their library and archival needs.”
Eisengruber holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science, with a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration, from Wayne State University. — G.G.