Jonathan Hunt is new to the San Diego County Office of
Education but is no stranger to working with books or students.
The new county librarian has worked both in the classroom
and in school libraries over the past 17 years. Now, in his new role, he will
help smaller districts throughout the county that don’t have librarians,
consult with school officials, and help select books for schools across the
“The typical day is that there is no typical day,” he joked.
When he’s not working, he’s reading. Hunt estimates that he
reads about 200 children’s books each year. He reviews them for Horn Book
Magazine and School Library Journal. He also presents professional development
seminars for the Bureau of Education and Research, teaches online classes at
San Jose State University, and is a judge for the Los Angeles Times Book
“What I do with the side projects really helps me be a
better librarian for the districts,” he said.
Hunt has spent most of his life in the Bay Area and Central
Valley, but said he’s no stranger to San Diego County because he has family
here and has visited in the past for conferences.
From a very young age, Hunt said he was interested in books.
“Some of my fondest memories had to do with my teachers
reading aloud to me,” he said.
He started as a teacher in the Bay Area 17 years ago and
became an elementary school librarian in Modesto in 2005. He came to SDCOE last
He said he’s excited to have the opportunity to influence an
even larger number of students as county librarian.
SDCOE’s Library Media Services also includes online services such as the Digital Content Portal, a virtual library of subscription resources that includes
videos, databases, and eBooks.