About the Vermont Humanities CouncilBecause Ideas Matter
Jessamyn West of Randolph is a consultant, researcher and international public speaker on library science and digital divide issues. Jessamyn joined the Board in May 2018. She is the author of a 2011 book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide. Jessamyn is a regular Computers in Libraries columnist writing on these and other issues relating to the status and roles of libraries in the modern changing world.
She has worked for 15 years teaching basic technology classes at Randolph Technical Career Center’s adult education program and in Vermont’s libraries. She has taught Community Engagement classes for University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Library & Information Science Program and is the technology coordinator for the Vermont Library Association (VLA). In 2016 she was the recipient of VLA’s Library Advocate of the Year award, and was recently a Fellow at Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab. She holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MLib. from the University of Washington.