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Douglas Crane Author Archive

Email: CraneD@pbclibrary.org   Website: Efficient Librarian   Twitter: @@efficientlibrar1

My name is Doug Crane and I have been a librarian for over twenty one years and I have been helping librarians and others get their inboxes down to zero since 2012! I believe that librarians should be on the forefront of using and teaching productivity tools and tricks to help the public manage their information more effectively. Information leads to knowledge which in turn leads to wisdom. It is my hope that the ideas from this blog will help lead to greater wisdom for all of us. I currently serve as Director of the Palm Beach County Library System. In addition to my role at Palm Beach County, I am the Past Chair of the State Library Council of Florida. The Council is authorized by the Florida Statutes with appointments made by the Florida Secretary of State. I am also Past President of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN). I am a proud lifetime member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member of the Florida Library Association (FLA). In 2021 the FLA recognized me at the Florida Librarian of the Year. I am a proud member of Palm Beach County Toastmasters Club, where I have earned the Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, and Advanced Leadership Bronze designations. I am a past club President and twice Vice-President of Education. In my spare time, I admire my collection of Doctor Who sonic screwdrivers, and relax at home with my wife, daughter, dog and cat.

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Florida Libraries are Fundamental to Freedom

The future of our society is determined in part by our children. Whether it is a baby at his first lap sit story time, a toddler giggling at a funny rhyme, a teen finding a book that gives them insight into who they are, or a college student working on her thesis, the fundamental freedoms provided by libraries are essential to their growth.