New Lodi library director making community outreach a priority

From Recordnet

“The Lodi Public Library’s Board of Trustees has named a new library director.The Board of Trustees was scheduled to approve the hiring of Anwan Baker during a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Lodi Public Library at 201 W. Locust St. Baker will earn $120,000 a year plus the same benefits offered to other department heads, including six months’ pay for termination without cause.Baker, a Palatka, Florida, native, has served as the Berkeley Public Library’s adult services supervisor since 2012, where he developed several community-oriented programs and services, according to a statement from the Lodi Public Library.“In Mr. Baker, the Board is delighted to have found someone who has the skills and passion to lead the Lodi Public Library,” Board President Caitlin Casey said in a statement. “At a time when libraries are adjusting to new needs and expectations, Mr. Baker brings a variety of talents that ensure the library remains a relevant and vital resource for the Lodi community.”Baker is a former social worker in child welfare, a profession he said he left after it became increasingly difficult to handle the amount of abuse he saw as part of his job.’