May 16, 2022

Tennessee: New Nashville Public Library Director is Big on Outreach

From The Tennessean:

Kent Oliver didn’t try to dazzle anyone when interviewing for the job of Nashville Public Library director.

But he was well-prepared.

Oliver, a bearded and bespectacled librarian with a voice made for public broadcasting, delivered a clear-eyed assessment of upcoming challenges: funding cuts meant the library hadn’t expanded its collection fast enough, had cut staffing deep enough to affect service, and wasn’t keeping its branch libraries properly maintained or open long enough.


“We are one of the few places in our society that people can come to and people can come to get on a computer for free, and get some assistance, and apply for a job,” he said. “If that’s not a critical component in our society, I’m not sure what is.”

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