Staff Member Alan

Community Librarian

Alan Robinette is the Community Librarian. What does that mean? Glad you asked! Basically, if it involves community events, community outreach, or civic engagement, that’s his department. So far this year he has been paid to sing karaoke at a bar, interview NY Times bestselling authors, and fill the parking lot of the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library with pups as part of a pet adoption event. Not bad work.

Alan received his Library Science degree in 2021. This requires him to read a lot and live a retiring life with multiple cats. He is an overachiever on both fronts. This is his third library job, after serving as circulation coordinator for both National Park College and Henderson State. Alan’s five cats allow him to reside alongside them at a lovely spot near Lake Ouachita so long as he keeps them fed, watered, and mildly entertained. So far, so good.

Weird fact: I do not have, nor do I desire, a television.

A stuffed beagle named Homer. Please don’t tell my cats. They are dismissive enough without this information.

  • I love to swim. I try to get in at least 1,000 yards every day.

  • I have a niece who just turned seventeen, and I have never met her. She lives in Helsinki. I would love to visit her.
  • I want to see the Northern Lights.
  • I’d like to get my MBA. No, really.

I am from Seattle, and all my teams are lousy. Both the Kraken and the Seahawks are at the bottom of their respective divisions, and the Mariners –  they have been a team for forty-five years – are the only team in Major League baseball to have never even made it to the World Series. I looked it up. #librarian