By Susan Redden
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Julie Yockey, currently the middle school librarian for the Lamar School District, has been named the new director of the Carthage Public Library.
The selection was announced Wednesday by Gary Cole, president of the library board of directors, who described Yockey as “very energetic and extremely qualified.”
“We’re very excited to have her,” he said.
Yockey called the appointment “absolutely a dream come true.”
“I’m so excited to work in a Carnegie library and to be a part of the Carthage community,” she said. “It’s a very special opportunity.”
Yockey is under contract with the Lamar School District until June 5 and will start her new job on June 10, Cole said. She will succeed Jennifer Seaton, longtime library director who resigned after her husband accepted a new job in Kansas City.
In the meantime, Darcy Wood, circulation director, and Deb Haynes, youth services director, are sharing the job as interim directors.
“They’re doing a wonderful job,” Cole said. “And we appreciate Jennifer’s great work over all those years, including during the expansion.”
Cole said about eight people applied for the job, and a board search committee interviewed most of the candidates.
“We were looking for someone with library operations experience, and she has that, and a background in grant writing,” he said.
Yockey has been the middle school librarian at Lamar since 1992 and also works at the Barton County Public Library. She is a certified library director, and holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from Missouri State University.
Last year, she received the Progressive School Library award from the Missouri Association of School Librarians.
A PROJECT COMPLETED IN 2008 expanded the Carthage library to about double its original size and renovated the original sections of the building.