Library System Welcomes New Director
Chang is no stranger to the library world. He began his career in libraries at Polk County’s Mulberry Public Library. There, he worked to develop technology programs and received various grants to expand library services. Adam made the move to Citrus County in 2014, when he began working at the Coastal Region branch in Crystal River; he has since spent time working in each of Citrus Libraries’ five branch locations.
In his time with the library system, Adam has held a variety of positions, including Instruction & Research Librarian, Circulation Supervisor, Branch Supervisor, and Branch Manager. In his most recent position as Region Manager, Mr. Chang coordinated the Homosassa and Lakes Region branches while serving as lead for both the Youth Services and Adult Literacy teams. Mr. Chang has also worked to develop award-winning programs for Citrus Libraries; the topics range wildly from in scope, from technology to sewing to Star Wars.
“I knew from a young age that reading and education were important to me,” said Chang. “Libraries seemed like the natural fit and have been a place where I could come into my own, while also learning from others through their experiences and stories.”
Adam grew up in Citrus County after his parents moved to the area in 1990 to start a small business. A graduate of Citrus High School, Adam also holds an MBA and a Master of Library Science from the University of South Florida.
“When the opportunity to work on the Citrus Libraries team was presented, I was excited to return to the community where I grew up,” recalled Chang. “Being able to give back to the community that invested so much into me has been a driving force behind the work that I’ve done this far and will continue to do.”
Adam Chang receives the FLA’s 2019 Outstanding New Librarian Award.