MOUNDRIDGE — Betsy Davis brings six years of public library experience to her position as the new director of Moundridge Public Library, but her affinity for collections and cataloging is not all that attracted her to that career.
"I like the library people; I can wear my cardigans without shame," Davis laughed.
A former elementary school teacher at Burrton, Davis was drawn to showing her students how to find information.
"I found that the part of the day I enjoyed the most was when I was teaching research skills and doing library stuff," Davis said.
Davis plans to continue much of the adult and children's programs led by former library director Jill Stern, focusing on libraries being known not just for the resources they hold, but also for the people they bring together.
"That is what the library is for — community and learning," Davis said. "...When you go to different places and meet different people, your breadth of knowledge expands because everybody else has their own interests and that comes into your world."
One of the first goals Davis wants to accomplish is completing an inventory of the library's collections in order to weed out titles that are not being checked out to make room for items that are being requested.
"We've got a lot of resources (and) we've got a knowledgeable staff," Davis said. "If we don't have the resource you want, we can look for it at another library."
Davis praised the library's employees for their rapport with its patrons.
"We have an enthusiastic staff. They enjoy working here and they enjoy helping people." Davis said.
The library is still one of the best places to go to find credible information about a wealth of subjects.
"If you go online, there are a lot of places you can go that offer a lot of information; how credible that information is is questionable, sometimes," Davis said. "...If you're interested in learning; if you're interested in knowing more about a topic you don't know much about, we are a good place to start — or finish. We can help you sift through the junk."
In the future, Davis hopes to move the library to a larger building to allow more space for not only books, but computer terminals, desks and meetings as well.
"I am really excited about the possibility of a new library and all the other things that we could offer," Davis said. "...Programming already stretches staff, but having to go offsite stretches it even more and then there is also that lost opportunity for circulation and other library services."
For more information about the Moundridge Public Library, call 620-345-6355 or visit moundridgelibrary.com.