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Drew Damron

Library Manager

Email drewdamron616@gmail.com
Location Tokyo, Japan

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ABOUT

I am a community-oriented librarian and archivist with ten years of professional experience. Currently managing one of the largest English-language libraries in Japan. Passionate about local history, genealogy, comics, literature, trail running, and rock climbing.

CREATIVE WORK

​Comics

   

      (Reviews)​

Writing

 

Other

 
 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2017 - Present

Library Manager

Tokyo American Club

Tokyo, Japan

2011 - 2016

Library Assistant

Grand Rapids Public Library

Grand Rapids, Michigan

2011 - 2013

Continuing Education Instructor

Kendall College of Art and Design

Grand Rapids, Michigan

EDUCATION

2015 - 2018

Wayne State University

Master of Library and Information Science

Archives and Digital Content

Detroit, MI

 

2011 - 2013

Grand Valley State University

Bachelor of Arts

Philosophy

Allendale, MI

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Established organizational archive for the 94 year old Tokyo American Club (collecting historic material, updating inventory and indices, scanning and uploading artifacts to media platform, giving presentations and recording oral history, currently producing an exhibition to be shown in January 2023)

  • Created 'TAC Talk' speaker series for the Tokyo American Club in 2020. Facilitating ~15 events per year with speakers such as Taro Kono (Politician), Garvey McIntosh (NASA's Asia Representative), Sayaka Murata (author), and more.

  • Recipient of the 2015 Judith J. Field Scholarship - Awarded to a student who has demonstrated a penchant for innovation, creativity, and “out of the box” thinking during their library career to date.

  • Created Grand Rapids Zine Fest in 2013, co-organizer for six years.

  • First non-Japanese runner to solo the Okumusashi Long Trail 105k (Oct 2021).

RUNNING

2021

2022