Mesa County Libraries director hired

A man who has managed an urban library with diverse patrons and become a leader in evolving library technologies has been hired as director of Mesa County Libraries.

Joseph Sanchez will succeed Eve Tallman, who has served as library director since 2007. Tallman plans to retire in August.

Sanchez starts his duties following the opening of a renovated central library in Grand Junction. The expansion and improvement project added 9,000 square feet of space and renovated the interior of the building.

“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,” said Barry Blanchard, president of the Mesa County Library District Board of Trustees.

Sanchez served as library and learning resources director at Red Rocks Community College Library in Lakewood from 2006 to 2011. He since has led a team of of employees responsible for multimedia content production at the Auraria Library in Denver.

Sanchez is considered a national leader on e-books, e-content, technology and intellectual property in public libraries.

He 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.

“While libraries must adapt to technological challenges, we must not forget our identity or purpose.” 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.”