McAnally named new library director
Patti McAnally has been appointed director of Perry Memorial Library.
Cynthia Walker, chairwoman of the library Board of Trustees, said the decision was made by the trustees on Monday.
“We received applications from all over,” she said. “But we were happy to find the perfect candidate right here.”
Prior to her appointment as director, McAnally had served Perry Library as youth services librarian since July 2010. Since May 2012, she also held the additional position of assistant director and has been acting director since the first of the year.
“In Perry Library we have a wonderful facility,” she said.
Though she’s been with the facility for several years, she said detailing specific items she wanted to improve or change would be premature. She does have some broader ideas, though.
“I hope to increase outreach and partnerships with community organizations and non-profits that have the same kind of patronage.
“We have an opportunity to develop a synergy with the performing arts center,” she said. “When they schedule an event, we can provide books and meeting space for smaller programs.”
A native of Kingsport, Tenn., McAnally attended Tennessee Technological University, where she earned a bachelor of science in home economics.
She worked for GlaxoSmithKline for 15 years in the research and development, dermatology and human resources departments.
“I went through two mergers, and finally my position was outsourced,” she said. “I was already looking at library school.”
She enrolled in the library science program at North Carolina Central University, where she received a master’s in May 2010.
“Central has a wonderful program for returning students, with evening and weekend classes,” she said.
While she was in library school, she worked as a volunteer and later as a temporary employee of the Wake Forest Branch of Wake County Public Libraries.
The search committee met nine times between January 10 and March 10, Walker said. They reviewed numerous applications and selected a few candidates for interviews, which were held last week.
“The staff knew we were interviewing,” Walker said. “When we called Patti for her interview, they suspected something was up.”
It was an easy decision for the committee and the trustees, she said. Having a candidate on site made the process easy.
The trustees also appointed adult services librarian Jennifer Brax to be assistant library director.
“We feel it’s important to have someone in charge when the director has to be away,” Walker said.
The position of youth services librarian, which McAnally is vacating, will be filled.
McAnally lives in Wake Forest with her husband, David.
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