Greetings! We are the Digital Services team at JCLS: Bret Fearrien, Josh Commander, and Eric Molinsky. We are here to help you with all of your digital services needs. This includes, but is not limited to, Library2Go, Hoopla, and Overdrive. Our home base is Medford, but we are visiting most library branches in Jackson County on a weekly basis. Below, you'll find a brief introduction to each member of our team. We look forward to seeing you and helping you with your technology-related questions, bewilderment, concerns, and fears.
Bret Fearrien recently moved to Grants Pass, Oregon from Fortuna, California. He is a graduate of San Jose State University with a MLIS degree. He previously worked at a community college as a reference librarian. Bret is an avid baseball enthusiast (Oakland Athletics) and enjoys writing music.
Josh Commander hails from California where he and his spouse earned their Master's degrees in Literature together. Josh also has a Master's in Humanities and has produced several Digital Humanities projects, his most recent of which serves as the foundation for a nonprofit organization centered around producing free e-versions of literary textbooks for college students. He has worked as an academic librarian at a small private college and as a professor at Southern Oregon University. His spouse also works in the Jackson County Library System, and her insuppressible enthusiasm for working in the library reminded him just how much he missed it himself—so here he is, and he’s delighted to be here too!
Eric Molinsky learned about computers and the internet during the last decade of the 20th century at a public library. He joined JCLS in 2001, and has done it all from shelving to branch management, and was an early adopter of digital reading technology. In 2011 he was involved in the creation of Patron Technical Support, now superseded by the Digital Services department, which he supervises from his lonely but tech-laden office on the eighth floor of the Medford Library Tower. He enjoys reading narrative history, fiction by writers who know how to turn a phrase, and adding to his archive of digital music. He lives in Medford with his wife and son, both of whom are smarter than he is.
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