Thursday, July 7, 2011
McDonald named new library director
By SUE WATSON
Amanda McDonald, recently of Columbus, has taken the lead position in the Marshall County Library System. She joined the staff June 6 and replaces librarian Diane Schule, who retired.
McDonald is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she received a bachelor’s in interior design. She earned a master’s in library science at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Born and reared in Tupelo, McDonald is close to her roots. She graduated from Tupelo public schools. After obtaining a master’s in library science she took an internship at Birmingham Botanical Gardens Library in Alabama. Then she volunteered at the Salem public library system in Salem, Oregon, while living with her sister there who was working as a nurse.
She has worked two years at the Columbus/Lowndes Library System, a much larger system than Holly Springs in terms of resources and number of patrons served. The system has 23 employees, serves just one county, and is headquartered in Columbus but has three branches.
“I am fairly new to library work,” she said. “My director in Columbus told me she didn’t expect me to stay there long. She wanted us to advance our careers.”
She learned about the vacancy in Holly Springs from her director.
McDonald said she believes she became interested in library work because she is a neat freak.
“I love to be organized,” she said. “It’s not about just loving to read all the time, although I do love to read. After I went to school and got into the field, I enjoyed it.”
Her hobbies include kayaking, camping, cooking and gardening.
Some books McDonald said she enjoys include nonfiction by Bill Bryson such as “A Walk in the Woods,” a book about walking the Appalachian Trail; “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, also nonfiction; and books that were made into movies.
McDonald is not out on the floor much yet at the libraries. She is getting acquainted with the various workings at each library and working to iron out problems such as a recent hijack virus attack on the computers at the library in Holly Springs, a problem Robert Patterson found was already in the system when he arrived several weeks ago.
McDonald has already met some neighbors whom she said have brought food to her door – wonderful chocolate chip cookies and a catfish dinner.
“I’ve been here just a little while and I feel like this is the place I need to be,” she said. “Everything is kind of falling into place. Everything is working out.”
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