Name: Circe McKenney

Education Background: 
BA in Sociology; Public Policy & Community Service from Emory & Henry College (Emory, VA) and Master’s in Library Science from the University of Kentucky

What was your professional background before your current position?
Most recently, I worked as a temporary Reference and Instruction Librarian at the James M. Milne Library (SUNY Oneonta), and before that I was a reference librarian at the Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the King Family Library Manager for the Sevier County Library System in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Describe your current position:
I am the Professional Development Coordinator for the Four County Library System. I’m responsible for implementing professional development and continuing education activities and providing support for adult services for our 42 member libraries.

What do you like best about your work?
I’m new to this position, and so far the best thing is getting to know our member libraries’ staff and all the exciting programs and services they are providing to their communities!

What has been your biggest professional challenge?
I’ve moved twice in the past three years, so moving and changing jobs has been challenging.

How are you seeing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion play a more prominent role in your work environment?
I think now more than ever before there are more resources about these issues available to help libraries take action and create positive change, which is so important!

What other organizations are you involved with?
I’m a member of the American Library Association and Public Library Association.

What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
Stay open to new opportunities- you never know what you might end up enjoying! I started out in my career wanting to be a children’s librarian, but then I discovered I love working with adults. Also, keep track of your accomplishments and continuing education/professional development activities. It’s important for when the time comes to update your resume/CV and interview, but it’s also a positive boost to realize how much you’re doing!

Are there any tips you would like to share that help you get things done?
I’m big fan of planners and to-do lists. I like to write everything down!

Favorite blog or website:
I love WebJunction! It offers so many great free resources.

What are you most proud of?
I don't think I have one thing I'm most proud of. I'm proud of myself every time I step out of my comfort zone and try something new.

What is one thing you would you like to learn?
I really want to learn how to knit or crochet. I love following crafty people on Instagram and seeing all the unique things they create! Plus, the more scarves and sweaters I can stockpile for the colder months, the better!

What are you most looking forward to doing this spring?
I’m looking forward to getting outside and enjoying warmer weather! I moved to New York last summer, and I’m excited to explore the area more.

Welcome to the area, Circe!
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