New Steering Team Member
Jason Boughton became a member of the Network's steering team when he was appointed state librarian earlier this year. Broad knowledge follows him; he has been assistant state librarian in Vermont and previously a workforce development trainer and outreach coordinator at the South Carolina State Library. He has also been director of library support services, assistant director of public service, and interim librarian at the Live Oaks Public Library in Savannah, Georgia. Prior to that, he spent over a decade as an educator.
Jason knows that "Libraries provide resources and information for Vermonters to empower people to develop, create, express, and explore ideas." He sees an important role for these institutions, explaining that "As governments shift into various economic-based development agendas, Vermont has a chance to recognize its cultural and creative sectors as engines of economic development. Libraries can be a useful resource as 'space,' 'place,' and community connector to start creative research and conversations."