GDL names Newberry as Business Center head
GRAND BLANC — The Genesee District Library (GDL) has named Alger C. Newberry III as the new business librarian in the Robert T. Bolo, Jr. Business Center of the McFarlen library. Newberry started his career with the GDL in 2011 as a page at the Genesee Valley Center Library, and also worked at Borders Books & Music, and Barnes & Noble.
Newberry believes that the Internet has made libraries more relevant than ever. “Whereas the patron could perhaps wade through a quagmire of relevant, irrelevant, and semi-relevant information on their own,” he said, “library staff can connect them with the most relevant information and resources available, saving them time and energy.”
The business center is a source of quality business, career, investing, and other financial information. As the only full-scale Business Resource Center certified by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) in Genesee County, the center provides one-on-one assistance for entrepreneurs to help them develop a business or marketing strategy.
“In a world that has been dominated by the Internet and digital technology, a divide has grown between those who have access to the technology that is necessary to survive in our current society and those that do not,” Newberry said. “Those who cannot afford a computer or Internet service, but need both, find themselves left behind without the ability to compete for work or get the services and assistance that are now exclusively online. These people regain their place in our society by coming to the library for access as well as instruction in vital digital technology.”
Newberry holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint in English Compositional Theory, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.
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