The Conyers-Rockdale Library System named Stacy L. Brown as its new Assistant Director.
Brown comes from a background as an academic librarian, most recently Georgia Highlands College, but was motivated to make the change by her desire to serve the public, according to a statement from the library.
"I grew up spending summers participating in a wide range of programs and activities," Brown said, "and I always considered the local library to be a ‘second home.'" These fond childhood memories spurred a move to an atmosphere where she felt extremely comfortable; a public library.
She added, "I derive much pleasure in helping patrons obtain the information that they seek and introducing them to a vast number of resources that are available to them. I'm very fortunate to have the ability to serve a diverse population and promote information literacy within the community. This, coupled with the opportunity to work with a patron-focused, highly competent, energized, and committed staff, makes for the ideal environment. I'm thrilled to be a member of the Conyers-Rockdale Library System."
As assistant director, Brown will coordinate and supervise the four public service departments: Adult Services, Circulation, the Computer Center, and Youth Services.
Brown is originally from Marietta and attended Kennesaw State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. After working for many years in the private sector, she secured a position at the University of West Georgia as a library paraprofessional. It was there that she began her pursuit of a Master's degree in Library and Information Science at Valdosta State University. During her four and a half year stint at the Ingram Library, she acquired substantial knowledge of research methods, departmental functions and processes, and extensive managerial experience. Upon completing the Master's program, she secured a Public Services Librarian position at Georgia Highlands College's Cartersville campus, and spent seven years functioning as an academic librarian. However, her desire to work in a public library was ever present, and she eventually made the transition from a college setting to one that served the public as a whole.