New Corinth library director wants more virtual access to collections

BY LENA MITCHELL

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Two weeks into his new role as director of the Northeast Regional Library System, William McMullin finds it a comfortable fit.

After all, his responsibilities are new, but his familiarity with the system and its 13 libraries spans 30 years.

In 1975, McMullin came to Corinth for his first job after completing his master's degree in library science at Louisiana State University. The New Orleans native became Corinth Library's reference librarian.

“I'd always wanted to live in a small town and Corinth has been a great place,” the 53-year-old McMullin said.

Stories from his childhood about small-town life and particularly life in Mississippi, led him to follow a classmate who had accepted a job in Corinth. She later moved on, but McMullin stayed. His mother, Joyce McMullin, recently moved to Corinth to join him.

After 14 years with the Corinth Library, McMullin joined the Northeast Regional Library staff as collections development librarian, where he ordered, processed and distributed collection materials to the 13 branches.

Most recently McMullin has been assistant director for technical services. The appointment to the director's position expands his duties and offers new challenges.

“So far it's been very positive and easy for me,” he said, noting retiring director Elizabeth Cranwell has been very helpful.

Through his many years of reading, McMullin has gathered a wide collection of stories that he loves to share. The traditional children's story hour is one of his favorites.

“I am really interested in a regional effort for children's services and senior services,” McMullin said. “We offer large print books and books on tape for seniors now, but we're exploring more ways to serve those two areas of the population.”

Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com