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Carpinteria librarian selected for prestigious leadership program

Eric Castro, Carpinteria Community Library’s Community Engagement Librarian, has been chosen among many applicants to participate in California Libraries Learn’s Catalyst leadership program through the California State Library. Catalyst is an 18-month program designed to equip and support California library workers with professional development opportunities that allow them to lead from anywhere. To begin the program, Castro will join 24 other individuals from all over California at a four-day conference in November in Monterey. After that, Castro will participate in weekly cohort meetings to encourage collaboration, reflection, skill-building, and exchange of ideas. A second in-person conference will be held in March. “We’re proud to have Eric be selected to participate in this prestigious program,” said City Librarian Jody Thomas, “and we’re so excited for him to add to his skills in ways that further benefit our library and our community.”