Derek Dewan: The Jacksonville Public Library System

Derek Dewan earned his degree in accounting from South Florida University. Since then, he assumed the role of president at AccuStaff and led the company in a $22 million initial public offering launch. Derek Dewan complements his professional background by holding charitable and educational advisory positions with organizations such as the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business and the Jacksonville Public Library system.

Spanning 300,000 square feet, the Jacksonville Public Library system comprises a main library as well as 20 regional and neighborhood branches. The network of libraries operates under the motto, “Start Here. Go Anywhere!,” representing the system’s vast collection of books, electronic offerings, and specialty services such as adult literacy programs. The organization also serves the disabled community with its extensive Talking Books/Special Needs Library, featuring access to books on cassette, closed-captioned and described movies, and large-print and braille reading materials, among other services.

The Jacksonville Public Library system stands on a foundation of educational opportunities and investment in the Jacksonville community. In short, the library brings together people through a variety of materials that motivate, satisfy, and instruct.