Indiana’s State Librarian Announces Retirement
From the Indiana State Library:
Roberta L. Brooker is retiring after serving as Indiana State Librarian for seven years. She has spent 25 years at the State Library, starting as a Reference Librarian in 1988. She went on to serve in several other capacities, including as Coordinator of the Indiana State Data Center and as a Consultant for the Library Development Office.
Ms. Brooker is responsible for overseeing the external affairs of the State Library, which include developing and providing library services to Indiana citizens and the state government, encouraging and supporting the development of the library profession, and strengthening the services of publicly and privately supported libraries in the state. She is also charged with maintaining a 2.5 million item collection of Indiana and federal materials, as well as one of the largest genealogy collections in the Midwest.
“This has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make and I would like to thank you for the many great opportunities that have been available to me as the Director and employee of the State Library,” said Brooker. “I have enjoyed working with and learning from my colleagues for the past twenty five years, but now I am ready to pursue new interests.”
Connie Bruder, Associate Director of Public Services, has been appointed Interim Director effective December 28, 2013. The Indiana Library & Historical Board will conduct a nationwide search for Ms. Brooker’s replacement.
Ms. Brooker received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Indianapolis and her Master of Library Science from Indiana University. She is a member of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), Indiana Library Federation, and Federal Depository Library Program’s Depository Library Council (DLC).
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.