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Justin Hoenke

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Work experience

Benson Memorial Library June 2015 — Present

Executive Director
  • Lead a team of 8 staff members in the daily operations and advancement of the long term goals of a rural public library.
  • Developed a future focused strategic vision, accepted by the Library governance board, to guide the library's direction for the next 5-10 years.
  • Successfully developed and sustained relationships with local foundations and grant making agencies. In my 3 years as Executive Director, I have secured $135,000 in additional funding to grow services and maintain the library building through grants and private donors.
  • Embarked on an ambitious modernization of library policies and procedures resulting in 21st century services that can be individualized for the community, resulting in a sustained increase in total library circulation by 8% in 2016 and 3% in 2017.
  • Created the position of Historian at the Benson Memorial Library, a full time role whose primary task is providing Titusville, PA with access to quality information about the community's local history and assisting individuals with genealogical research. 
  • Co-created, with local community partners, the 
  • Develop relationships with local community organizations to identify their needs and how the library can help through outreach and local public service.
  • Reshape the Benson Memorial Library workplace environment to emphasize a focus customer service and community based library programming.
  • Developed a system of data sets to help measure library performance and customer satisfaction from a year to year basis.
  • Efficiently manage all of the Benson Memorial Library including all Financial, Human Resources, Facilities and Collection Management aspects of the service, with the development of monthly executive reports delivered to the Library Board

Chattanooga Public Library April 2013 — June 2015

Coordinator of Tween/Teen Services
  • Successfully led the project to develop THE 2ND FLOOR, an innovative interactive library space dedicated to discovery & learning for ages 0-18 and their caregivers. THE 2ND FLOOR merged traditional library collections with creative maker spaces, learning opportunities, an arcade, and an event space. 
  • Actively participated as a Senior Manager in the Leadership team setting the vision and operational directions for the library service.
  • Oversaw and managed the daily operations of a staff of 8-10 employees focused on Youth Services.
  • Coordinated youth services programs and material collections for 4 branch libraries within the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee to ensure that library events and collections were meeting the needs of each community it served.
  • Co-Developed DEV DEV, a 4 week coding and robotics camp for teens. After being run as a library program for two consecutive summers, this program was adopted by the Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga and continues to be offered to students and teachers to this day.
  • Developed partnerships with other departments of the library as well as outside collaborators and businesses in order to bring more robust programs and opportunities for the community.

Portland Public Library March 2010 — April 2013

Teen Librarian
  • Developed the Vision, Collection, and Programming for the brand new Teen Library in Portland, Maine. 
  • Community Outreach: Established connections with community resources for teenagers including: Portland Police Department, Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine, and local area high schools.
  • Collaborated with local organizations and community members to create high quality and low cost programs for teens. Partners included; Casablanca Comics, The Telling Room, musician Sonya Tomlinson, and  the Maine College of Art.

Cape May County Library May 2008 — March 2010

Teen Librarian
  • Teen Programming: Created and implemented weekly programs for teens.
  • Acted as supervisor on evenings and weekends for a staff of 5-7 union employees. 


Titusville PA Heritage Connection, an online portal that connects those seeking out historical information about Titusville, PA or genealogical information about their family with the information or local organization in Titusville, PA that would be able to best serve them. This project was done in collaboration with Drake Well Museum, Titusville High School Alumni Association, and the Titusville Historical Society.

DEV DEV: summer of code, a code camp for teens that taught teens the basics of programming in Python, HMTL, and robotics, created in collaboration with nonprofits engage3D and AIGA Chattanooga and fully funded by the Benwood Foundation. This program ran for two summers (2013-2014) at the Chattanooga Public Library before becoming an official part of the curriculum for Hamilton County teachers through the Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga.

Make Art for the Library, an arts based initiative where local high school students worked with students from the Maine College of Art to design and implement artwork in the Teen Library at the Portland Public Library, May 2012.

Searching for ME, a project bringing together words and art created by teens who recently immigrated to the USA,  created in collaboration with The Telling Room,  Maine College of Art, Portland Public Library, December 2011.

Make Music at the Library, a music project that taught teens the basics of recording, engineering, music composition, and lyric writing, done in collaboration with hip hop artist Sonya Tomlinson, Portland Public Library, Summer 2011.

Game On! Envisioning Your Own Video Game , a project focused on the storytelling elements in video games where teens would write the story behind a video game and draft up basic storyboards for their creation, done in collaboration with The Telling Room, Portland Public Library Fall 2010.

Community Engagement

  • Board Member: Titusville Regional Literacy Council
  • Board Member: Titusville Senior Citizen Center
  • Board Member: United Way of Titusville
  • Service Organization: Titusville Rotary Club (2015-2018)
  • Service Organization: Titusville Kiwanis Club (2015-2018)
  • Teen eBook Selector for the Maine Infonet Download Library (2011-2013)
  • Panel Member, Letters About Literature Contest, Maine Humanities Council (2010-2012)

Library Consulting & Public Speaking

  • Nebraska Library Association: Speaker and Preconference Workshop, Lincoln, NE 2018.
  • Northern NY Library Network: Keynote Speaker, Clayton, NY 2016.
  • Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Staff Development Day, Clifton Park, NY, 2016.
  • Pioneer Library System: Keynote Speaker, Canandaigua, NY, 2016.
  • Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA): Keynote Speaker, Wellington, New Zealand, 2015.
  • State Library of New South Wales: Featured Guest and Speaker, “The Future of Public Library Services” Sydney, Australia, 2015.
  • State Library of Queensland: Featured Guest and Speaker, “The Future of Public Library Services”   Brisbane, Australia, 2015. 
  • Texas Library Association Conference: Featured Speaker, “Developing interactive Library Spaces Dedicated to Discovery and Learning”  San Antonio, Texas, 2014.
  • Marigold Library System: Keynote Speaker, Alberta, Canada, 2014.
  • Enoch Pratt Library Innovation Expo: Keynote Speaker, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014.
  • Louisville Public Library Strategic Planning Workshop: Guest Speaker, “Developing Interactive Library Spaces Dedicated to Discovery and Learning”   Louisville, Kentucky, 2014.
  • Keynote, 21st Century Boys & Girls: Youth Services Leads The Change in Public Libraries, UNCG LIS Alumni Luncheon, Greensboro, NC, March 2014.
  • Moderator and Presenter, The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries, Library Journal/School Library Journal Online Event, October 2013.
  • Bibliokarthag Conference Featured Speaker, “Gaming in Libraries”  Hamburg, Germany, 2012.
  • Internet Librarian Conference: Featured Speaker, “Gaming in Libraries”   Monterey, California, 2012. 
  • Presenter, Introduction to Visual Literacy: Strategies for “Reading” Art, Maine Humanities Council, October 2012.
    Contributing Author, The Library Marketing Toolkit, by Ned Potter, June 2012.
  • Presenter, Content Creation for Teens, Carterette Series Webinars, Georgia Library Association, March 2012.
  • Presenter, Maine Library Association Conference, Connecting With Teens Using Social Media, October 2010.

Awards and Honors

  • Library Journal - “Mover and Shaker” Advocate Award, January 2013. 
  • Member of the 2013 Young Adult Library Services Association President's Task Force.
  • American Library Association -  “Emerging Leader” Leadership Award, May 2010.
  • Mentor, 2011 American Library Association Emerging Leaders Program.



Masters of Library and Information Science January 2007 — May 2008

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts , Creative Writing September 1998 — May 2005

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania


References available upon request.