Tutor profile: Jonathan P.
Versatile Librarian/Urban Planner with over 20 years of experience in libraries, city planning, and architecture
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Hello! This is Jonathan P. in Pasadena, CA. I'm a versatile librarian/urban planner with over 20 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors spanning the fields of Libraries, City Planning, and Architecture. I hold degrees in library/information science, urban planning, political science, and architecture. I'm passionate about lifelong learning and the production of actionable new knowledge.
I've gained extensive teaching experience in my roles as a guest lecturer in university and high school classes, mentor to college and high school students, and featured speaker in public talks. For the last seven years, I've served as a guest lecturer in planning and design courses at higher education institutions such as UCLA, UC Irvine, Stanford Engineering, Pratt Institute, Cal State LA, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Northridge, Woodbury University, and East LA College. In this role, I've had the opportunity to teach all facets of city planning and...
San Jose State University
Library and Information Science
2010 - 2017
University of California - Los Angeles
2003 - 2005
California State University - Los Angeles
1999 - 2002
East Los Angeles College
1995 - 1999
Freelance, Freelance Librarian/Urban Planner
2021 - Present
Pivoted to freelance librarianship and urban planning work in 2021.
Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Program Manager
2020 - 2021
Led community engagement on park and garden development in communities of color. Provided assistance to community members on advancing park and garden design in neighborhoods. Managed external relations in 7 coalitions and built partnerships with residents and allies throughout LA County. Designed and delivered presentations at conferences, webinars, public talks. Evaluated programs. Prepared reports, memorandums, newsletters, and research. Wrote grants pursuing multimillion dollars of funding for park design and development. Managed social...
County of Los Angeles, Regional Planner
2006 - 2020
Formulated responses to complex inquiries on the zoning ordinance, amendments, and General Plan consistency. Designed and delivered presentations to about 15 community groups countywide in support of ordinances. Counseled clients at job sites, public counter, by email, and phone. Organized and delivered cross-training for joint city/county/state housing task force. Facilitated community engagement and participatory design processes on Florence-Firestone Community Plan, 92nd Street Linear Park, Step By Step LA County: Pedestrian Plans for...
San Jose State University Research Foundation, Graduate Research Assistant
2012 - 2013
IMLS-funded study: "Making Space for Young Adults in Public Libraries: Establishing a Research Foundation." Served on team conducting YA library space research. Research assistant to Dr. Denise Agosto on the study's qualitative content analysis. Engaged video and transcript data for qualitative analysis. Critically reviewed draft chapters and articles. Copyedited chapters, articles, letters, surveys. Co-wrote participation “ask” letter for pilot study library and respondent instructions distributed to 25 public libraries. Served as liaison...
Capital Group Companies, Research Publications Associate
2011 - 2012
Served in Research Library's publications unit, with responsibility for article review, indexing, publishing, and archiving investment group research. Edited submissions for spelling, grammar, syntax, and readability while maintaining the integrity of the author’s original content. Reviewed document content and applied indexing terms from a controlled vocabulary to improve database findability. Processed up to 30 submissions daily under firm production deadlines. Prepared proprietary research for global distribution and database archiving.
UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Graduate Student Researcher
2005 - 2005
NIH-funded research project: "Organizational Factors in the Early Detection of HIV." Served on multidisciplinary team researching ways to improve HIV testing procedures at community clinics and hospitals. Interviewed survey participants at job sites. Collected organizational data using survey software, maintained confidential data. Conducted follow-up contacts and wrote correspondence to participants. Reviewed draft articles and provided constructive feedback to authors.
City of Bell Gardens, CA, Community Development Intern
2004 - 2005
Served as versatile intern in Community Development department, working collaboratively with Planning and Building & Safety divisions to deliver effective municipal services to a diverse community. Wrote memorandums, staff reports, correspondence, public notices. Assisted professional staff at public counter with planning, code compliance, and business license services. Assisted inspectors on site inspections to assess conformance with zoning and building codes. Surveyed and analyzed underutilized parcels for potential redevelopment. Prepared...
Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library, Public Library Clerk
1999 - 2004
Served on paraprofessional teams in the Social Science, Business, and Access Services departments at the Downtown LA Central Library. Provided exemplary user information services. Instructed users in the use of online catalogs and databases. Assisted users in locating and selecting materials.
California State University, Los Angeles, Research Assistant
2002 - 2003
Research assistant to Dr. Michael Siler, Political Science faculty. Performed bibliographic research for book Strategic Security Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comprehensive Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004. Located and evaluated over 100 books, articles, reports, manuscripts, unpublished papers. Synthesized findings and wrote an annotated bibliography exceeding 100 sources.
Barch Builder Architects, Junior Architectural Designer
1998 - 1998
Internship at architect's office. Prepared site plans and performed site analyses to determine building dimensions, traffic flows, circulation routes. Incorporated findings into project design.
ANDesign, Junior Architectural Designer
1997 - 1997
Internship at architect's office. Performed site analyses to determine building dimensions, traffic flows, circulation routes, spatial relationships, light qualities. Incorporated findings into project design. Built architectural models for conceptual analysis. Prepared floor plans and elevations.
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