Jack phoenix

librarian and writer



I am now a Collection Development Manager

In July of 2021, I was offered the position of Manger of Collection Development and Technical Services of the Cuyahoga Falls Library.


New book deal

In August of 2020, I signed a contract with McFarland Publishing to write a book tentatively titled “Now a Major Motion Picture:” A History and Celebration of Movie Novelizations to be published in 2022.


SLC webinar

I was a panelist for a webinar with School Library Connection in July 2020, titled “Why Graphic Novels? Five Practices to Transform You Library.”


Assistant Manager for WEPL

In September of 2018, I was awarded the position of Assistant Manager of the Willowick Branch of the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library in Willowick, OH.


OLC presentation

After a successful proposal, I gave a presentation at the Ohio Library Council Conference and Expo titled “Comics Aren’t Books, and That’s Okay” about the challenges of comics in libraries.


MA in English

I earned my master’s in English from Ohio Dominican University.



I earned my master’s of library and information science from Kent State University.


Book is published

My novella The Tormentors was published by a small horror publisher in California.


Promoted to Adult Program Coordinator

After much success creating programs for patrons of all ages, programming became my primary responsibility. My programs included Play Dates, Nerd Nights, Quilting Camps, Summer and Winter Reading Programs, Teen Rewards Program, Origami, balloon twisting, a zombie walk, a variety of speakers and entertainers, and much more.


BA in English and religion

I graduated from Otterbein University (then College) with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and religion.


I am now a paid speaker for libraries

After presenting about comics in libraries for the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System in March of 2021, I was invited to join PCI as a paid librarian presenter. Through PCI, I am able to share my love of comics with libraries all over the country.


Book is given starred review by SLJ

Maximizing the Impact of Comics in Your Library: Graphic Novels, Manga, and More was given a coveted starred review by School Library Journal.


Book is published

My book Maximizing the Impact of Comics in Your Library: Graphic Novels, Manga, and More, a professional guidebook for librarians, was published by Libraries Unlimited in March 2020.


Book deal

After drafting a proposal, I was offered a contract by ABC-CLIO to publish a professional guidebook about comics in libraries to be published by the Libraries Unlimited imprint.


Content Specialist at OverDrive

In June of 2017, I was hired by OverDrive as a Content Specialist, allowing me to engage with collection development for libraries and consortia great and small throughout the midwest, including Ohio and Illinois.


Program Coordinator for MCDL

In April of 2016, I accepted the position of Program Coordinator at Medina County District Library in Medina, OH, allowing me to plan and execute system-wide programs for all six branches, including Summer Reading Games, Writers Live author events, StoryFest, Local Authors Expo, and more.


OLC presentation

I was a panelist for a presentation at the Ohio Library Council Conference and Expo about self-published works in libraries.


Highest-attended program

I arranged for former Olympian and New York Times Bestselling Author Dominique Moceanu to join us at the London Public Library for a presentation and book signing. The library saw an attendance of over 300 people.


Library Support Specialist at London Public Library

I was hired soon after graduating college, and I knew that librarianship was the profession for me. I was brought to the London Public Library in a position specifically created for me after impressing the director with an interview for a different position.


Blockbuster Store Manager

While I attending Otterbein University, I was hired at Blockbuster, where I was promoted from Sales Associate to Store Manager.


I’m a lifelong learner

I can never learn enough, so throughout my professional career and beyond I will continue to engage in professional development, experimenting with emerging technologies, and learning new service standards.

I’m a writer

My writing skills are a boon to me as a librarian and to my employer. These skills make me an effective communicator, provide me a creative outlet, make me useful in the workplace, and make me very familiar with writing software and technologies, including Microsoft Word and iOS.

I am well-versed in books and film

Thanks to my education, work experience, and personal interests, I have a great deal of knowledge of multi-media and publishing trends. This aids me in merchandizing, marketing, readers’ advisory, and collection development.

I am best when free to be creative

I flourish when allowed autonomy to use outside-the-box thinking and methods to motivate staff, merchandize collections, solve problems, and more. 

I’m a good delegator

By doing my best to make staff feel rewarded in their work and respected enough to know the purpose of what I ask of them, I am often able to get staff to volunteer for tasks rather than have to assign them.

I’m a balloon twister!

I’m an autodidact balloon twister and have performed at various events including at libraries.

I contribute to the profession

I am driven to engage with the profession beyond working in a library by sharing any expertise and passion that I develop in any way that I can, such as through writing or presentations.

My management skills are strong

As a retail store manager and a manager at a library branch, I have apt experience supervising, motivating, and scheduling others and overall running an organization by creating an upbeat atmosphere.

I possess a host of library skills

Circulation, collection development, collection management, cataloging, reference, readers’ advisory, analyzing demographics — I am well-practiced with each of these library elements and engage with them on a daily basis.

I am enthusiastic

Some leaders command loyalty, others inspire it. I believe myself to be the latter, as I prefer staff to choose to follow my lead because they feel appreciated and feel they are fulfilling a higher calling.

I’m a whiz with most library technology

By keeping up with emerging technologies in conferences and having a zest for toying with new things, I am able to match a service need to a technological fix, I am familiar with Sirsi and Polaris, I can troubleshoot library eBook lending apps, and much more.


Bryan Howard

Library director

Gary Branson

Library director

Kathleen Jozwiak

Library Building Manager


Patricia Lowrey

Librarian and manager