There's a new director at the Augusta Library
Gregg Williamson is the new Augusta Public Library executive director. He started his new role last Monday and is Augusta’s first male city librarian.
Williamson comes here from Auburn, Ill., where most recently he was the library director at the Kendallville Public Library.
His first career was 22 years in the U.S. Navy. He completed an associate degree in counseling from the University of Alaska, bachelor of science in history from Ball State University and a masters of library science from Indiana University.
He is looking forward to his new position.
“This is a wonderful library. This fine facility reflects the values and interests of Augusta,” he said.
Local libraries are changing with the times, Williamson said.
“Libraries are evolving,” he said. “We want to look at what new things we can do. The key word is ‘public’ and taxes support the library. It’s a challenge in stretching those dollars and resources are tight. Hard choices have to be made sometimes. It’s important to be good stewards and we take it very seriously anytime we spend the public’s money.”
While he sees benefits in the current library programs and activities, he has plans to add more.
“In the near future, I’d like to do a community survey - ask residents how they use the library and perhaps what they’d like to see added. We’ll always have the favorite books, along with audio books and the computers, but we want people to know that we’re online 24x7 and if they need help with their Kindles or Nooks - we’re here.”
When it comes to preferred reading, the new library director leans toward non-fiction, history and especially WWII books. But he admits to an occasional guilty pleasure - a romance novel with a happy ending.
“They’re fun sometimes,” he said.
He and his wife are currently living in Derby close to one of their three children.
“Our seven grandchildren were big reasons for coming here,” he added, “We are planning to move to Augusta and I’m looking forward to becoming involved in the community.”
A welcome reception is planned for the near future and the community will have the chance to meet the new Augusta Public Library director.
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