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Assistant Web Manager
Before beginning her position in the Web Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in 2012, Jessica played music across Canada with a big band, a latin band, an Egyptian music ensemble, and a funk band. She completed an MA in Ethnomusicology, interned at Smithsonian Folkways, photographed international celebrities, and designed websites for many Baltimore personalities. She is passionate about design, music, photography, and everything to do with food.
Director of Communications
Roswell is the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Director of Communications since 2007. He is responsible for the marketing , media relations and social networking of the library. Prior to the Pratt Library, Roswell worked as a TV reporter for 12 years. He is passionate about good food, books, movies and everything Baltimore.
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Assistant Chief of Neighborhood Library Services
Eunice has played a variety of roles at the Library over the years and she is passionate about helping people. Whether a customer needs information for a research project, help finding a good book, or to learn about our great library programs, she is always ready to rise to the challenge.
As Serials Librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Lara orders, tracks, and processes over 3,000 print magazine and journal subscriptions for the Central Library and 22 branches. She also maintains orders for microfilm (which can be found in the Periodicals Department), and updates the data on the Pratt Electronic Newsstand. Before joining the Pratt, she was a Reference Librarian at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She earned her MLS in 2008 from the University of Maryland’s iSchool. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, going to the movies, and spending time with friends and family.
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Library Associate in Information Services
Brittney earned her B.A in History and Art History from Roanoke College in Virginia and began working as the Volunteer Coordinator at The Enoch Pratt Free Library in late 2011. Brittney recently moved into her current role as a Library Associate, and is happily immersing herself in learning how to navigate libraryland. Brittney most enjoys reading nonfiction, memoirs, and almost any book found in the Fine Arts Department. When she is not working or spending time with family and friends, you can find Brittney building and tending to her container garden, and relaxing on her small Baltimore deck.
Librarian, Roland Park Branch
Born and raised in Ohio, Brian has worked in libraries and bookstores, making his way from shelver to manager and back again in both fields. He graduated with a MA in History and a MLIS in Library Science from Kent State University. He is a habitual founder of and participant in book clubs and currently operates a Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club called Other Worlds and a Nonfiction Book Club called Armchair Adventurers. Giving up all pretensions of coolness early in life, he has devoted himself to becoming a master of the "Dorkly Arts". Inspired by Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad, he has recently rediscovered a love of hats that started at age 3 when he daringly paired a Gunsmoke Marshal Dillon hat with red footie pajamas.
Web Developer / Graphic Artist
Teresa works at the amazing Central Library where she’s still discovering new things after working here since 2003 and being a library customer since the 1990s. In addition to working on websites and doing graphic design, she supports staff from around the system with their online content. Since she works behind the scenes, you’re not likely to see her unless she’s out of the office exploring the area nearby or taking photos.
Assistant Branch Manager
Becky decided to become a librarian after reading the book The Island of Lost Maps, which describes courageous librarians taking down a notorious map thief. Today, you can find Becky Hass at the Reisterstown Road Branch where she works as the Assistant Branch Manager. Becky reads the gambit from graphic novels to microhistories and loves developing a variety of programs for the library. When she's not at the library, you'll probably find her having an adventure around Baltimore as an amateur foodie.
Children's Services Coordinator
Jessica earned her BA in English and writing from Hiram College in Ohio before moving back to her hometown and completing an MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to becoming Children's Services Coordinator for Pratt, she worked as a children's librarian at the Govans branch. She lived in London, nannied in New York, and her most favorite things are her husband, Baltimore, libraries, and kids!
Special Collections Manager
Michael has been at the Pratt for almost five years but has only just begun exploring its Special Collections. Before deciding he'd head for the library world instead, he got an MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. He loves philosophy of course, and poetry, comic books, and traveling. He shares stories about the unusual and interesting things he finds in Special Collections.
Pratt/SLRC Department Manager
Jeff is the longtime manager of the Maryland Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center (SLRC). A 32 year veteran at the Library, Jeff has had the good fortune to have been part of the great transformation of public libraries over the last few decades. Aside from the Maryland Department he is involved with training librarians in Maryland subject specialties and performing public programs and lectures for libraries. Jeff is a familiar face in the local history and genealogy worlds. Outside the Library Jeff enjoys family time, cooking and hanging out with his dog.
Library Associate in Information Services
Despite having lived in Portland, OR for several years (where he began working in libraries), and despite being accused of lacking any form of discernible accent, Brian Manning is a native Baltimore-an. He has a B.A. from Goucher College in Literature, and an M.A.L.A. from St. John's College in Annapolis. When not holding a book you may find him holding a guitar, holding a bicycle, holding a pencil, holding his wife's hand, or holding onto his dogs' leashes. He wishes he could literally live in a book-house; since this is improbable, he works in the next best place.
Audio Visual Technologist
Ryan enjoys long walks along the Inner Harbor and Matthews Pizza. He works for the Sights and Sounds Department at The Enoch Pratt Free Central Library and Maryland State Library Resource Center, helping to ensure all podcasts and speaker events go smoothly. He is extremely fond of a variety of small to medium-sized furry animals. We are talking: emus, llamas, monkeys, dogs, and the occasional sloth.
Branch Manager, Forest Park Branch
Melanie Townsend Diggs believes she was destined to become a Librarian. Named as a 1998 ALA Spectrum Scholar, Melanie launched into earning an M.S. in Library Science from The Catholic University of America. With over 20 years of working for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, from book shelver to Branch Manager, Melanie has never lost her zeal for connecting the community with the vast opportunities the library has to offer—physically, as well as, virtually.
Meredith Veatch is currently the children’s librarian for the Patterson Park Branch of the library. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Brigham Young University and then attended the University of Maryland, where she received master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She loves books, movies, and television shows for kids and teenagers, especially Harry Potter and anything on the Disney Channel. She has worked for the Enoch Pratt Free Library since 2010.
Before joining the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a Social Science and History librarian in 2012, Claire interned at The Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland Baltimore and the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. She also spent time as a patron doing family research in the Maryland Department, where she learned that her Baltimore roots go back to the mid-19th century. Prior to library school, she earned an MFA in creative nonfiction writing and undergraduate degrees in psychology and english. In addition to reading, she enjoys traveling, exploring local hiking trails, loose-leaf Chinese teas, and well-executed puns.
Tom joined the Enoch Pratt Free Library in 2001 as a librarian in the Sights and Sounds Department, where he answers questions about movies, music, and audiobooks and presents a monthly "Films @ Pratt" film series. He is an avid film lover and proudly owns 2 TVs, 4 DVD players, 9 VCRs, a 16mm projector, and two 3-D ViewMasters in his personal collection.
Young Adult Services Librarian
Anjanette came to the Enoch Pratt Free Library in 2004, and is currently the Young Adult Services librarian at the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch. She enjoys reading a variety genres, from teen fiction to craft books, from horror and suspense to satire, and just about any kind of graphic novel. When she is not hosting one of her teen programs at the branch, Anjanette holds workshops to teach the public about e-readers and e-books.