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January 29, 2010

Review: New library director to begin on Monday

I am happy to take this opportunity to do something a bit different from the usual review in this space. This week, I will take the occasion to give everyone a little introduction to our new library director, Jacque Gage, who begins her directorship tomorrow!

Jacque comes to us directly from the Barton County Library, a three-branch system (Lamar, Golden City, and Liberal) headquartered in Lamar. She was hired as the system’s director in 2000, and during her tenure there she earned her master’s in information science and learning technologies (her library degree) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her bachelor’s degree in Christian education was granted by Ozark Christian College in 1978. She is also a candidate for Certified Public Library Administrator certification through the American Library Association, which she joined in 2002. Certification is a voluntary post-graduate program and requires completion of coursework in seven standards, including budget and finance, management of technology, organization and personnel administration, and planning and management of buildings, plus three additional areas selected from five electives.

Jacque was awarded not one, but three, scholarships for library school: one each from the Missouri Library Association, the Missouri State Library, and the University of Missouri-Columbia itself. She completed her degree, including an 80-hour practicum at Missouri Southern State University, while working full-time as the director of the Barton County Library.

She has served on various Missouri State Library committees, including the Continuing Education Committee and the Secretary of State’s Council on Libraries. She is a member of the Missouri Public Library Directors Association, serving as president from 2006-2007.

During her tenure in Lamar, she wrote many grant applications, receiving 36 in nine years, for a total of over $200,000 in grants. We look forward to Jacque applying her grant skills for the Joplin Public Library in the future.

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