Daniel Messer

Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona & Bowling Green, Kentucky | danielmesser@outlook.com

I've worked in the library field for 22 years in multiple positions. I'm passionate about library technology, circulation methodology, and patron service.


Integrated Library System Administrator

Maricopa County Library District

Oversee operations of the daily business software for the Library District. Provide project management for ILS upgrades and library automation. Implemented Polaris Leap. Design and deliver training online, in-person, and one-on-one. Gather information through SQL and build reports for staff access. Regularly work at multiple libraries and provide excellent patron service. Provide ILS information and support to multiple libraries in the County.

2016 - Present

Web Content Manager

Maricopa County Library District

Created, curated, and populated content to the library’s website, powered by a heavily customised Polaris PowerPAC, along with social media and digital signage. Created tools and methods to streamline workflow and provide efficient staff service to promote events, programmes, and initiatives. Deployed and managed browser based software for meeting room scheduling, events management, and staff intranet. Designed and taught staff and public classes on library technology, eReaders, downloadable content, and online streaming services. Provided ILS support to staff, public, and other local libraries.

2012 - 2016

Circulation Supervisor

Southeast Regional Library & Queen Creek Branch Library

Managed the operations of the Circulation Department in the first and third busiest libraries in the Library District. Interviewed and recommended for hire positions ranging from part time Pages to full time Librarians. Provided evaluations and reviews for full and part time staff. On-site troubleshooting of library automation technology such as self-check machines and sorting systems. Assisted patrons with materials and account concerns, locating materials, reader’s advisory, reference, and technology questions. Participated in and helped design multiple library events and programmes from musical story times to summer reading events.

2005 - 2012


Central Washington University

Bachelor of Arts
History | Specialization: History of Science

Polaris SQL Workshop

Beginning and Intermediate Polaris SQL
Designing Polaris SQL Reports


Patron Services
  • Reader's Advisory
  • Research Assistance
  • Homework Help
  • Downloadable & Streaming Content
  • Programme Design & Presentation

Programming Languages & Tools
Technical Skills
  • Platforms:
  • Android, iOS, Linux (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, Raspbian, Debian), macOS, Windows, Windows Server
  • Languages & Protocols:
  • AutoHotkey, Bash scripting, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, JSON, PHP, Python, SIP2, SQL, XML
  • Library Software & Services:
  • Class POS, EnvisionWare, Evanced Events, Evanced D!BS, Evanced SignUp, Great Reading Adventure, Koha ILS, LibraryMate System Manager, OpenBiblio ILS, OverDrive End User Support, Polaris ILS, SimplyReports, 3M SelfCheck System Manager
  • Tools:
  • Acrobat, Amazon Kindle, Anchor CMS, Apache, Audacity, Audition, Calibre, Final Cut Pro X, GarageBand, Ghost CMS, IFTTT, iMovie, Known CMS, Logic Pro X, MariaDB/MySQL, Microsoft IIS, Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, Photoshop, phpMyAdmin, ScreenlyOSE, Visual Studio Code, WordPress CMS, YouTube, Zapier

Selected Accomplishments

  • Designed and deloyed a new digital signage system at MCLD at 2% of the cost of the system it replaced.
  • My podcast, Cyberpunk Librarian, was featured in American Libraries magazine and by the Arizona Library Association.
  • Computers in Libraries magazine published an article I co-wrote in their December 2017 issue: "Seeing is Believing: Powerful Digital Signage in the Palm of Your Hand."
  • I've presented at multiple national Polaris and Innovative Users Group events and conferences – most recently in May 2019.
  • I develop free and open source, library focused software: Signbrary (digital signage and content distribution) and Maniphestopheles (tote manifesting for multi branch libraries).
  • I won a 2016 NaCo Award, Best in Class, for my work on a library kiosk at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. I handled digital signage and developed a custom UI for a LibraryBox


Outside of my library work, I'm a digital creative. I make podcasts about technology and libraries (Cyberpunk Librarian), and I have a sci-fi story based show featuring librarians in space (Intragalactic Librarian). Besides that, I listen to far more podcasts than anyone should. I've written four books on subjects ranging from popular history to library tech to cyberpunk culture to the paranormal.

I love music and listen to almost everything, but I have a special adoration for ambient and space music, along with the folk music of Ireland and Quebec. My favourite ambient musician is Lucette Bourdin, I love Gaelic Storm and The Dubliners, and Le Vent du Nord is the best folk band to ever emerge from Quebec. I occasionally compose, cover, and record my own music and I'll sing Irish folk whenever I don't think anyone is paying attention.