New library director hired

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The Washington Free Public Library announced today the appointment of Bryna Walker as the new library director to succeed outgoing director Debbie Stanton.

According to a news release from the library, Walker brings to the position years of experience in education and leadership in school library. She comes to Washington from her role as a K-12 teacher, librarian and Title 1 teacher for H-L-V Commuinty Schools in Victor. She has developed strong partnerships between the schools, public library, and community. She also serves as a trustee for the Victor Public Library and will bring that perspective to her work with the Washington Public Library board of trustees.

The Washington Evening Journal was unable to reach Walker this morning for comment on her new position.

Walker, who was originally from Estherville, graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Science with a K-12 Library Endorsement from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in December 2010. Her bachelor?s degree is in elementary education with endorsements in reading and special education and a minor in psychology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. She has worked as a full-time special education teacher at Fairview Elementary School in Spencer until 2006 when she chose to return to school for her master?s degree. In 2010 she became the K-12 district teacher libraryian for both Spencer and Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School Districts. She took her position at H-L-V in 2012.

?I believe that trendy and effective marketing and promotion is important to engage patrons of all ages,? Walker said. ?I read current library trends in journals and relevant social media feeds.?

She said that she is especially fond of using Twitter to keep current on libraries, education and general information.

?We are delighted to have Bryna in a leadership role at our library,? library board director Mike Kramme said. ?She has a passion for literacy and partnerships that will be a great asset to the community.?

Her other interests include choreography, reading, hiking, crafts, walking, yoga, shopping, and family time with her daughter, Alannah, who will be graduating from H-L-V this May.

?I enjoy being in a small town,? she said. ?I have a passion for literature and passing on the knowledge I have in reading.?

Stanton announced earlier this year that she was leaving the position at the beginning of the summer to move to Topeka, Kansas, to be closer to family.

As director, Walker will work with the trustees to develop the library?s comprehensive strategic plan. On a daily basis she will manage the staff, facility, collections, programming, and equipment of the library, as well as being its outward facing leader in the community.