Dr. Tamara Meredith is the Director of the Jefferson County Library District in Port Hadlock, WA and has spent 18+ years in public, school, and academic library leadership positions. She is passionate about providing access to information and learning resources, and works to find creative, functional solutions to limited broadband and other technology issues that impede equitable access in rural areas. She currently serves on the University of Washington MLIS Advisory Board, is the treasurer of Public Libraries of Washington, and is both a board member and a coach for the Kitsap Philharmonic Youth Symphony.

Tamara joined the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County in 2017...

 

Tamara joined the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County in 2017, and has served on the Scholarship Committee and as an Interact Committee member. She was named to the East Jefferson County Rotary Board of Directors in 2019 and enjoys Rotary for the opportunities it provides to network and collaborate with local leaders and business professionals. The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County has supported the Jefferson County Library through many impactful projects over the years, and the collaboration between the two organizations is a key component of the Library’s ability to be responsive to community needs.

Tamara grew up in rural Western Washington and graduated from W.F. West High School in Chehalis, WA. She attended Central Washington University, earning a Bachelor of Music Performance and getting her first taste of library work (she was hired by the music library because she knew how to repair broken reel-to-reel tapes). When she attended Indiana University–Bloomington to earn a Master’s Degree in Historical Music Performance, she continued to work in campus libraries and developed a love of cataloging, information management, and all things technology. After several years in Dallas, TX, working as a professional musician and music teacher, she decided that earning a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science might better help pay the rent and student loans. This was fortuitous, as one month after receiving her MLIS her husband was offered a job in Colorado—and she was able to take a position as Director of a small rural library in eastern Colorado. Thus began her love affair with public libraries, where the work is diverse, rewarding, and ever-changing. She also continued to perform regularly with local and regional baroque chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras as a flutist and violist.

Five years and a child later, another spousal job change prompted a move to Laramie, WY. She was offered a position as a department head in the university library system, and also taught undergraduate music history, graduate bibliographic research, and historical performance as an adjunct instructor. When their daughter started kindergarten and family schedules became challenging, she took a job as a K-5 librarian/technology instructor while continuing to teach in the university’s music department. It was the combination of simultaneous experiences in library/information science, classroom technology integration, and education (from kindergarten through graduate students) that prompted her to pursue her Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas. While completing the program online, she expanded her higher-education skillset further with two years of work as the Technology Integration Specialist/Trainer for the University of Wyoming’s Extension department.

In 2017, a desire to return to Western Washington prompted her to pursue her current position at the Jefferson County Library. She and her family now live in Poulsbo, WA, and she continues to perform regularly with regional orchestras (viola/violin) in Washington and Wyoming as well as baroque chamber ensembles (flute) in Denver, CO, and Dallas, TX. In her free time, she enjoys performing with her husband (a professional trumpet player), traveling and kayaking with her husband and daughter, monopolizing all the new science fiction books from her local public library, and occasionally succeeding at being the “meanest mom” any teenager has ever had to endure.