Joe Janes

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“Joe is a passionate advocate for libraries and those who work in and with libraries, respected by his colleagues, his students and the field for his vision, voice and wisdom.” Read More...

About Joe

I was born in Oneida Castle, New York, and had my first library job at the Oneida Library, first shelving and paging, and then eventually at the main desk, doing circulation, reference, and just about everything else.

I went to Syracuse University for a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and then stayed on for my MLS and PhD. After finishing, I got a faculty position at the University of Michigan, at what is now the School of Information. While there, I had the great good fortune of working with some extraordinary students in the development of the Internet Public Library project in 1995.

The opportunity of a lifetime came in 1999 when I came to the University of Washington to be part of the development of the Information School. Read More...