EDISON, NJ – Yu Jiang (Jane) has been hired as Edison Township’s Public Library Director. She replaces Judith Mansbach, who recently retired in July after serving over thirty years in the library. TAPinto Edison recently sat down with Director Jiang to discuss her vision for the Township’s library services.
Jiang stated that her primary goal is to promote Edison’s “twenty first-century” libraries and the services available to the residents of Edison. According to Jiang, many people aren’t aware of the plethora of resources the library has to offer. “They don’t know this is a place they can start”, said Jiang, referring to those who have just moved to Edison. “The libraries are a gateway to the community” she said. “We also need to further modernize library services to meet the needs of the next generation of patrons.”
The Edison Library system consists of three branches, and according to library officials, receives approximately 50,000 visits per month. The Library Board of Trustees recently concluded a performance audit performed by Wiss and Company, LLP that ran from May through June. “I think the audit was very helpful. There are several areas for improvement identified by the audit, and as the new Director, I look forward to working with the Board to implement recommendations made by the auditors” said Jiang.
Drawing on her experience as a reference and instruction librarian at Middlesex County College, Jiang also focused on career services that the library can provide. “I will always remember when an individual I helped returned to the library to tell me that they found a job. The excitement in their voice filled me with joy.” Jiang hopes to similarly build robust career services and employment workshops for Edison patrons. “This is a place for learning, growing, and coming together.”
Jiang has over 10 years of experience in the library. She has spent that time working at universities including Rider and DeVry Universities, writing books, and translating multiple books from English into Chinese.
“As a child, I always wanted to be a writer, and I was able to achieve that goal, having published a few novels and story collections.” She has also translated 8 books from English to Chinese and is working on translating another one currently. In the process, Jiang was able to make several connections with publishers, resources she will use in her new position.
Jiang also hopes to utilize the library system to highlight the myriad of cultures that exist in Edison. She plans to hold events and activities surrounding these different cultures, in hopes of helping the residents of Edison get to know each other better. “I am a resident of Edison, I know this town, and I know how terrific our libraries are. A key component of our community is the diversity within the township and that should be reflected in our libraries”