Amanda Jacobs Foust
Librarian For Hire
Amanda Jacobs Foust is a librarian who consults and works as a trainer and who specializes in grant writing and management, collection development with a special emphasis on eBooks and electronic resources, website evaluation and content curation; including social media management and staff training.
Her most recent work includes working as the Eureka! Grant Monitorand Consultant with Infopeopleand the Collection Development Manager of Enki for Califa.
Previous to working for Infopeople and Califa, Amanda worked as the Electronic Services Librarian for Marin County Free Library (MCFL), where she began her career as a Teen Librarian at the Novato Library. While serving as the Electronic Services Librarian, Amanda revitalized the training aspects of the position, extensively training staff on eBooks, social media, technology and website development.
Additionally, Amanda worked for Oakland Public Library and the Oakland Museum of California Paul Mills Archive and Art Library. She completed her MLIS at San Jose University in 2004 and obtained her BA from Mills College in Communications with a special emphasis on letterpress printing in 1996.
She has extensive experience as a conference presenter including presentations at the Alternative Press Expo, American Library Association (ALA) Bay Area Young Adult Librarians (BAYA), Califa, California Library Association (CLA), Computers in Libraries, Infopeople, Internet Librarian, Marin Communications Forum, Public Library Association and San Jose State University on a diverse range of topics including comics and graphic novels, eBooks, grant writing, leadership development, Makerspace projects and best practices, social media, summer reading and website development.
Amanda remains dedicated and active in regards to youth services. She is a reviewer for School Library Journal and Library Journal and was a Voices of Youth Advocate (VOYA) reviewer and continues to be active in the BAYA. She is also a 2009 Eureka! Leadership Fellow and is an active member of both ALA and CLA. In regards to CLA she currently services on the Conference Program Committee. Previously she served on CLA Summer Reading Committee and the Leadership Committee.
Amanda is a dedicated comics reader and co-hosts the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast with Jack Baur of the Berkeley Public Library. Together they present and write about comics; including their annual annotations of their favorite comics of each year for kids, teens and adults.