Checked in: New library director starts first week on the job
By Trudy Balcom
RAWLINS — What do novelists Douglas Adams (“Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”), Tom Robbins (“Even Cowgirls Get the Blues”), and Clyde Edgerton (“Walking Across Egypt”) have in common?
They are among the all-time favorite writers of Bobbie Morgan, the new director of the Carbon County Library System.
And her first official day on the job is today.
“I like books that are a little quirky,” Morgan said Monday, after an unofficial first day on the job attending a Library Board meeting, getting a tour of the library, and in general, getting acquainted with her new digs at the Carbon Building in Rawlins.
Morgan comes to Carbon County from Walla Walla, Wash., where she served as Executive Director of Walla Walla County Rural Library District.
Morgan has been a librarian since 1989. She’s originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and has also worked at libraries in Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois and Louisiana.
She also served as state director of children’s services for the Georgia Public Library Service.
The Library System had been without a director for nine months after its former director, Marilyn Pederson, resigned July 20 for personal reasons.
April Martinez and Kim Jones had been serving as co-interim directors.
Morgan said that one of the first challenges she will face is handling the shrinking budget for the eight libraries in the Carbon County Library System.
Like all other county departments, the library system will be facing budget cuts.
“Libraries traditionally run very lean, so when cuts come along, it makes it very difficult,” Morgan said.
While getting a handle on the current budget system is a priority, Morgan said she would also be spending time getting to know the community, the staff and getting settled in Rawlins.
Morgan calls her management style “inclusive,” and said she will be seeking ideas from staffers on how the libraries can improve.
“They know, because they are on the frontline talking to the public,” she said.
And the public is whom libraries are for, Morgan said.
“Libraries let people in the community connect with one-another, and they provide the resources people need to enrich their lives,” she said.