Julie McPherson is a writer, editor and librarian, who lives in the pleasant and hilly Bay Area city, Pleasant Hill. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College and her MLIS from San Jose State University. You can find Julie in the YA stacks at the Walnut Creek Library, teaching teens and tweens how to ask good questions. Prior to this, Julie had the privilege of serving the social justice minded students at Holy Names University as their Research and Instruction Librarian. She also served as the San Francisco Public Library’s Jail and Reentry Services Reference by Mail program intern where she package answers to reference queries into beautiful information artifacts for people who are incarcerated. Julie got her library start supporting the Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library by infusing her personal narrative with universal truths about the transformative power of libraries in a blog called The Vertical File. An article about her blog can be seen here. Her essay, The Transformative Transforms, was featured as one of the first posts in Real Stories on the ALA’s Libraries Transform website.

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