John Jackson • Columbus, GA

I’m a public library staffer and MLIS graduate who is interested in digital library technologies, web development, and libraries of all types. I like to bike, write, build, and tinker.

Professional experience

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

Library Associate • 2016-present

  • Planning and leading an average of 6 unique adult library programs per year on topics including: chess clubs, job search assistance, fitness, bicycle safety, and geocaching.
  • Working with patrons by teaching computer skills and assisting with student research projects.
  • Continuing the duties of Library Assistant:

Library Assistant • 2015-2016

  • Circulated library materials using Polaris ILS.
  • Regularly staffed reference desk and answered patrons’ reference questions in person, over email, and over the phone.

Literacy Alliance

Web Developer • 2018-present

  • Worked with client to create a WordPress website ( that aligns with their goals.
  • Managed client’s online Square store.
  • Coded HTML, CSS, & PHP.


Professional development

  • Attended 2018 Public Library Association Conference.
  • Attended 2018 Georgia Library Association Conference.


University of South Carolina

Master of Library and Information Science • 2016-2018

  • Academic libraries, public libraries, digital libraries, library research, library management, technical services, collection development.
  • Python and R coding.

Bachelor of Arts, English • 2006-2010

  • Academic interests include: English literature, writing, and teaching of writing.

Professional licenses

Librarian license

  • Issued by the State of Georgia.

Community service

Columbus, GA: International Relations & Cultural Liaison Encounters (C.I.R.C.L.E.)

Commissioner • 2018-present

C.I.R.C.L.E. is a mayoral commission for managing events with Columbus’ sister cities.

  • Chair from 2020 to present.
  • Secretary from 2019 to 2020.
  • Organizer for a student art exchange between Columbus, GA and Kiryū, Japan.

Awards and organizations

  • American Library Association member
  • Georgia Library Association member
  • Columbus Area Library Association member
  • Eagle Scout Award

Seasonal experience

McKinley Creekside Cabins and Cafe • Denali, AK

Food Server • Summer 2015

Florida Sea Base, Boy Scouts of America • Summerland Key, FL

Kitchen Assistant • 2014-2015

Sales Associate • Spring 2013

Green Boundary Club • Aiken, SC

Dining Room Server • 2013-2014

Skills and interests

  • Customer service
  • Polaris ILS and OPAC
  • Public library programming
  • WordPress web design
  • Node.js
  • Python, R
  • Mac, PC, web, and mobile software
  • Team leadership
  • Written communication
  • Organization and time management
  • Bicycles, hiking, and geocaching