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Jonathan Betz-Zall

Part Time Reference Librarian, Library Reference

Phone:(206) 592-4475

I instruct mostly online but come to campus once a week for the Environmental Science lab sessions. I live in Seattle, about 30 miles from Highline College. I commute by Metro bus and Light Rail; it takes about two hours each way, but I enjoy reading and saving money that would otherwise drain away through my gas tank, as well as meeting many interesting people. Library work was my "family business"; my mother, a librarian, encouraged me to join the profession and various other relatives (including in-laws) are also librarians or scholars. My first graduate degree was from the University of Washington's School of Librarianship (now called the Information School). But in 2002 I also earned a Master's degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle. That's how I got into teaching! City University hired me to teach Environmental Psychology, so I got to explore people's passions about the environment. Since 2008 I have taught Biology 100 and Environmental Science 101 and 301. I have retired from active librarian work but still teach Library and Information Services courses in management and technical services.

Speaking of passions, I have been active in environmental and social justice causes for many years. From 1996 until 2012 I was treasurer of the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice. This group later became part of "Got Green", currently the leading environmental justice organization in Seattle. I still volunteer with them sometimes. I also serve on the boards of the Nakani Native Program, which supports the Tribal Canoe Journeys and the Northwest Intentional Communities Association. Both of these help build ecological consciousness in our home region. I'm also on the boards of two social justice organizations: the Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation and the American Friends Service Committee.

Ecolibrarian--my environmental consultancy

Got Green--the leading environmental justice organization in Seattle.

Summer 2018


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