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K.C. Williams Selected as New Director at Blount County Public Library

K.C. Williams Selected as New Director at Blount County Public Library | Tennessee Libraries | Scoop.it

MARYVILLE, TN  (November 8, 2013)   Sharon Hannum, Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Chair, announced today that, concluding a national search, the board has selected K.C. Williams as the new Library Director.  She will start her new position on January 2 and is succeeding Kathryn (Kathy) Pagles who is retiring after nearly 24 years.

            “It’s official,” said Hannum.  “To find Kathy Pagles, the library board mined the jewels of the East Tennessee area, but imagine our surprise when we unearthed K.C. Williams.  Not only is she professionally suited for the library but she is also suited personality-wise.  The search committee did such a great job opening up a nation-wide talent pool to bring forward two finalist candidates so that we believed there would be no losers for the library.  The Friends of the Library also were very supportive of the search committee.  We are delighted that K.C. brings a great passion about libraries, and we believe that passion will take the Blount County Library to the next level.”

            Williams, whose official name is Kaurri C. Williams-Cockfield, uses K.C. Williams as her professional name.  She has a varied background of library leadership. She and her husband, John Cockfield, currently live in the South Knoxville area.  She currently teaches online classes for the School of Information Sciences at UTK while on what she describes as a self-imposed sabbatical after returning to the Knoxville-Blount County area from a two-year contract (May 2011 to May 2013) as the Director, Public Library Services, of Cayman Islands Public Library Service (CIPLS).  

“I’m very honored to have been chosen as the next library director by the library board.  My husband and I have strong ties to the Maryville community because he graduated from Maryville College, and we were married in the chapel at the college.  We’ve spent many hours enjoying the Maryville Greenway, and the mountains are our favorite part of the Smokies.  We feel like we’re coming home. I am excited to be carrying on Kathy Pagles’ legacy and to have the opportunity to work with such a fabulous staff.”

            Marty Black, head of the library director search committee, said, “While we have appreciated Kathy Pagles’ service and regret that she is retiring, the entire library community looks forward to the continued success of the library in a new era.”  Others on the search committee were Tom Taylor, Joy Bishop and Pete Simmons.  Library Board of Trustees members in addition to Hannum are Bill Beaty, John McArthur, Michelle Hankes, David Duggan, Belinda Kenny and Mary Beth West.

Williams has had a varied library career with increasingly responsible positions.  She served as the System Director of the Sevier County Public Library System (with three buildings) from March 2003 to May 2011 where she planned and facilitated the transition of the system branches into a cohesive library system with a centralized administration. She also facilitated two successful capital campaigns with the library board and foundation culminating in the new King Family Library (40,000 sq.ft.) in Sevierville and the Seymour Branch Library (3,600 sq.ft.).

            Previously, she served as Technology Program Coordinator/Trainer of the Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium – USM Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, MS, from 2000 to 2003.  From 1998 to 2000, she was Library Director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College -- Jackson County, Gautier, MS. She was School Media Specialist/Technology Library from 1996 to 1998 at Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, MS, and School Media Specialist at St. Martin Upper Elementary, Biloxi, MS, from 1993 to 1996.  From 1988 to 1993, she was owner and dance instructor at her own business, Dance, Etc., in Gulfport, MS.  From 1987 to 1988, she was Night School Reference Librarian at Phillips Junior College, Gulfport, MS, and she was Corporate Librarian at Crosson Dannis, Inc., in Dallas, TX, from 1984 to 1986.

            A member of the Class of 2005 of Leadership Sevier, she also received the honor of a Commendation, State of Tennessee, Joint House Resolution No. 362, in May, 2011.  From the University of Southern Mississippi, she received the Ann Roberts Award in 1984 as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Library Science. 

            Williams has written and received several grants and partnerships.  Her professional affiliations include:

American Library Association (ALA) – 2003 to date.Tennessee Library Association – 2003 to 2011.Rotary Club of Grand Cayman – 2011 to date.Sevierville Noonday Rotary Club – 2005 to 2011.Sevierville Lions Club – 2003 to 2011.Sevier County Adult Education Board – 2005 to 2011.

Williams is excited to be joining the Blount County Public Library as Director.

Kathy Pagles said, “K.C. has boundless energy and enthusiasm for libraries and the important role they play in all our lives.  She has the expertise and leadership skills to lead our library to an even higher level of service.  She is creative and outgoing – a self-described ‘collector of people.’  We are fortunate to be able to welcome her to Blount County Public Library.”

            The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

           For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site atwww.blountlibrary.org . To sign up to receive a monthly calendar by email, go to the library’s Home Page, click on the “News and Events” tab, and then “Calendar of Events Signup” and type in your email address. Also check out Facebook at “Blount County Public Library” and Twitter at “Blount_Library”.

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TLA Annual Conference 2017 - Tennessee Library Association

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Online registration ends at 5:00 PM CST on Wednesday March 29.

 You’re thinking “Oh my, what’s a librarian to do?” Well, you have two options: 1. You could go ahead and register (You do have a bit of time left.), or 2. Wait until the conference starts and register on-site. 

 Fair warning: if you wait for on-site registration there is a chance the luncheon and reception options will be sold out. You know you don’t want to miss Intellectual Freedom Fighter and LJ Mover and Shaker Alison Macrina, Giving Design’s David Baker and having your picture made while participating in the reception’s conga line! It’s a triple crown of awesomeness! 

Please join us in Knoxville. 
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Attack Allergies with Essential Oils

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Learn how to tack allergies, support your immune system, and care for your family naturally in this interactive class. Free giveaways! Kids are welcome. Coloring sheets provided. Email for sign up: doterrasarah5@gmail.com.
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Mayor and Aldermen Approve Purchases, Consider Projects

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The Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the purchase of Dumpsters for the Greeneville Department of Public Works and turnout gear for the Greeneville Fire Department during a called
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League of Women Voters hosts future healthcare panel

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The Blount County League of Women Voters sponsored a panel discussion Tuesday night, allowing Blount County citizens to learn about the current state of healthcare as well as potential unknowns
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Family Storytime at Blount County Public Library - May 27, 2017 - Blount County Chamber

Family Storytime at Blount County Public Library - May 27, 2017 - Blount County Chamber | Tennessee Libraries | Scoop.it
Bring the whole family out for stories, songs, movement and activities that are fun for all ages and that help encourage important early literacy skills! This
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Grace Notes Flute Choir Spring Concert

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Grace Notes Flute Choir Spring Concert, Blount County Public Library, 508 N Cusick St, Maryville, United States. Thu May 11 2017 at 07:00 pm, Join us for our annual Spring Concert featuring music by Richard Rodgers, Catherine McMichael, and more!Will feature Piccolo, Concert Flute, Alto Flute, Bass
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Book Signing with Bren McClain

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Book Signing with Bren McClain, Maury County Public Library, 211 W 8th St, Columbia, United States. Thu May 11 2017 at 06:00 pm, Meet the author of One Good Mama Bone on Thursday, May 11th beginning at 6pm. The author, Bren McClain, will speak about her book and will sign copies for readers at th
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Library Teen Advisory Group Meeting - Town of Jonesborough

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Teen Advisory Group Meetings Teens, age 12-17, are invited to attend our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meeting at the Jonesborough Library. TAG members have the opportunity to help plan library programs and choose library materials for teens. As a TAG member, teens can gain work experience, meet new friends, and earn volunteer hours to meet …
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MARYVILLE: Gaming @ Your Library at Blount County Library | Macaroni Kid

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Games of all kinds: Board games, MarioKart, Smash Bros., Yu-Gi-Oh! or bring your own! Snacks
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Book Club: Hidden Figures - 09/05/2017

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9 May, 1:00 PM - Tipton County Public Library - Covington - United States - Books are available at the front desk fo
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Local intarsia artist displays art at McIver’s Grant

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"... In 2016, Hatcher’s art caught much local attention after receiving ‘Best of Show’ in the Dyer County Fair..."

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Spring Hill Library gets grant for laptops, technology training - Spring Hill Home Page

Spring Hill Library gets grant for laptops, technology training - Spring Hill Home Page | Tennessee Libraries | Scoop.it

TENNESSEE SECRETARY OF STATE The Tennessee State Library and Archives is awarding more than $337,000 in library technology training grants to 45 public libraries across the state, including the Spring Hill Public Library...

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Make reservations now for Statehood Day events in Nashville

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If you've never laid eyes on Tennessee's original constitutions — and odds are, you haven't — you'll soon have an opportunity.
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Children's Storytime with Germantown Public Library - 14/07/2017

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14 July, 10:00 AM - Whole Foods Market - Germantown - United States - Friday, July 14th 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Loft Area Meeting Room, Free We have partnered with Germantown Public Library t
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Newcomer Club Hears About Kids' Summer Programs

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Newcomer Club of Greeneville met April 27 at the General Morgan Inn in downtown Greeneville.
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Tennessee Senate passes $37B spending plan for next year

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's $37 billion state budget proposal is heading to Gov. Bill Haslam after the Senate passed it easily Monday..

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LETTER: Library long-needed in north side of Clarksville

LETTER: Library long-needed in north side of Clarksville | Tennessee Libraries | Scoop.it
"Clarksville is the only major city in Tennessee to have just one library. Most have more."
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Gaming @ Your Library - May 13, 2017 - Blount County Chamber

Gaming @ Your Library - May 13, 2017 - Blount County Chamber | Tennessee Libraries | Scoop.it
Games of all kinds! Board games, Wii Sports, Super Smash Bros., MarioKart, Yu-Gi-Oh! or bring your own Wii or tabletop game to share. Bring friends! Gaming will
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MARYVILLE: Little Learners at Blount County Library | Macaroni Kid

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Interactive sessions focus on language acquisition and pre-literacy skills incorporating stories, music, motion, play, crafts & more.
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JMC Library receives grant, gets technology update - WBBJ TV

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JACKSON, Tenn.-The Jackson-Madison County Library gets a technology update for visitors, all thanks to a grant...

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Tech Time: Every Thursday - 11/05/2017

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11 May, 2:30 PM - Blount County Public Library - Maryville - United States -  Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (starting on March 9), “Tech Time.” Need help with technology and don’t know where t
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Local Author Making Stops in Marion County | KNIA / KRLS | The One to Count on

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Leadership Washington County class graduates

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ABINGDON, Va. — A graduation was held April 27 for the 2016-17 Leadership Washington County class at the Jubilee House Retreat.
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Public library wins grant award for computer training

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Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library has received a grant award from the State of Tennessee.
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UT Libraries Wins Public Relations Award

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The UT Libraries is one of only eight libraries in the U.S. and Canada to receive the 2017 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award.
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Tennessee Senate Passes $37B Spending Plan for Next Year

Tennessee Senate Passes $37B Spending Plan for Next Year | Tennessee Libraries | Scoop.it
STATE LIBRARY: A new building in Nashville for the Tennessee State Library and Archives would receive $40 million from the state and $10 million from the Secretary of State's Office. The $50 million represents about half of the projected cost for the facility. The second half of the funding is expected to be included in next year's spending plan.
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