Nelson Rosales: Libraries as community centres
Nelson's hometown: London, Ontario
Nelson loves that the flexibility of the program lets him balance his studies with his family life.
Nelson has a passion for community development. After a career travelling the world to learn and work with people in developing communities, he felt it was time to change pace and focus on life in London.
Nelson found his passion for the field when visiting the library with his two young children. He saw first-hand how libraries function as more than just buildings to house or access information. “I see libraries as public spaces where a community comes together,” Nelson says.
After some research, and a few helpful interviews with others in the field, he decided that librarianship was the best way to continue his lifelong work of community development. He balances his part-time studies with part-time work at the Cherryhill branch of the London Public Library, where he sees a cross-section of society as library patrons. From people in suits, to those in need, even other moms and dads; Nelson sees the important role libraries play in the lives of those in the community.
Nelson spent 25 years working in international development in countries such as: El Salvador, India and Vietnam.
Profiles in the Meet Our Students section are written by students in the Master of Media in Journalism & Communication program, who are enrolled in MMJC 9604 - Professional Writing.