Congratulations to TWU Black Alumni (TWUBA) founding member, Eva Poole, B.A, Library Science ’72 and MLS, ’76, on her new career opportunity! After some 20 years as Director of Libraries for the City of Denton, Eva has moved to Wahington, D. C. as chief of staff of the Distirict of Columbia Public Library System. In her new position, Eva oversees on of the nation’s premier library systems, which includes 24 libraries in the metro-Washington, D. C. area. And as if that is not enough excitement Eva also took office as president of the Public Library Association (PLA) – a division of the American Library Association. Her term as president will last from June 2012- June 2013.
With two new opportunities on the horizon, we asked Eva what she saw as her biggest challenge for each. “My biggest challenge as PLA president is meeting the deadlines for writing my six columns in Public Libraries, the official journal of PLA! For my position with D. C. Public Libraries, it is finding the time to visit each of our 24 neighborhood libraries.” We also asked what she was looking forward to in each new position. “As president, I am looking forward to helping PLA advance its mission to strengthen public libraries and the communities those libraries serve. In my new position, I am looking forward to helping administration in its efforts to transform the Distirict of Columnbia Public Library into a world-class library system serving a world-class city.”
In total, Eva has more than 30 years in library service, serving on the boards of the American Library Association, the Library Leadership and Management Association and the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations. TWU wishes Eva all the best in her new endeavors!