Whether it’s for the fulfilling work experience or the inspiration of helping others, the reasons why people choose a career in public service are as diverse as the individuals who fill the jobs.
Yet, no matter the reason, their impact centers on one common theme: community. Having a positive impact on people’s lives in their communities fuels the work ethic of many public servants. And they do so with little fanfare or recognition.
During Public Service Recognition Week, it’s time to shine the spotlight on those individuals who serve as federal, state, county, or local government employees. This is the second post in our series for Public Service Recognition Week.
Julia Erlanger, Sacramento Public Library
“The more that I thought about it, the more I realized that libraries were the perfect blend of customer service and social justice with reading and information access on the side.
“The most important part I feel of being a teen librarian is building relationships with teens and tweens, with the young people. Trying, in that tiny little way, to make someone’s life better. Knowing that I can’t solve everything. I’m only one tiny piece in the larger situation of what’s going on in your life, but I can hold this space as a safe, welcoming space with free books and access to information and internet and technology classes and all the incredible thriving things that make libraries happen.”
CalPERS is proud to feature the people who serve the state of California in this special series, We Serve CA. If you have a great story to tell about what public service means to you and how you serve the state of California, please share it with us on our Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #WeServeCA on Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!