New Mesa County library director a leader in technology |

New Mesa County library director a leader in technology

Free Press Staff Report
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Joseph Sanchez, former director of the Red Rocks Community College Library in Lakewood, has been selected as the new director for Mesa County Libraries.

Sanchez, 39, holds a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University San Marcos.

He served as library and learning resources director at Red Rocks Community College from 2006 to 2011. In that post, he managed an urban academic library with a diverse patron base that included the public. Since then, he has led a team of employees responsible for multimedia content production at Auraria Library in Denver.

Sanchez will replace Eve Tallman, who has directed Mesa County Libraries since 2007. She has announced plans to retire in August.

Sanchez, who was in town for the new library’s grand opening Thursday, will be moving with his family to Grand Junction from Denver next week. His start date is around July 8, he said.

“I’ve always liked this side of the mountains,” Sanchez said. “My grandfather was Yaqui Indian and I was raised very culturally aware of the West. The land, river, valley resonates deeply with me. So I was really excited to see this position open up.”

Sanchez is a nationally recognized leader on ebooks, e-content, technology and intellectual property in public libraries.

“I’m interested in keeping the tradition of a library as book-focused, as space-focused, while bringing in the changes and the technology,” Sanchez said.

“I believe libraries can and will remain relevant in spite of the challenges facing us. Mesa County Libraries are growing and thriving and are ready to explore and develop the solutions, services, and partnerships our patrons and communities need in a rapidly changing world,” said Sanchez in a news release earlier this week.

Barry Blanchard, president of the Mesa County Public Library District Board of Trustees, said “Joseph brings an exciting dynamic to our organization. We are very enthusiastic about our direction for the future and with his appointment as our new director.”

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