Northeast Regional Library assistant director retiring

Lena Mitchell | Buy at photos.djournal.com Cathy Kanady, left, retires as assistant director of the Northeast Regional Library on April 30 after 28 years of service. Booneville head librarian Dee Hare, right, assumes the role on May 1.

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Cathy Kanady, left, retires as assistant director of the Northeast Regional Library on April 30 after 28 years of service. Booneville head librarian Dee Hare, right, assumes the role on May 1.

By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – As Cathy Kanady, assistant director of the Northeast Regional Library, prepares to retire on April 30, she is preparing Booneville head librarian Dee Hare to move into her role.

The two women will work together a couple of days a week throughout this month to assure the transition in responsibilities for the 13-branch library system progresses smoothly.

“I’m training Dee now, but she will make her own way as time goes on and encourage librarians throughout the region to see things in a different light, bring in new ideas,” Kanady said.

Kanady leaves after 28 years with the regional library, and expects to eventually relocate to her hometown of Ocean Springs where her career as a librarian began.

“I look forward to traveling and visiting relatives and friends,” said Kanady, who also enjoys gardening and outdoor activities.

Hare assumes the assistant director’s role on May 1, after 16 years in Booneville, going from a part-timer on the circulation desk to assistant librarian and for the past 12 years as head librarian.

“I’d have ideas for Booneville that I felt could be applied to help the whole region,” Hare said of her reason for pursuing the broader role.

Regional Library Director William McMullin has worked with Kanady throughout her 28 years with the system.

“In her work as library branch supervisor she has worked hard to encourage the branch librarians to promote the library and showcase the resources of the library in the best possible way,” McMullin said. “She has conducted many customer service workshops and training sessions because she is always interested in providing the patrons of the library with the best experience ever.”

Kanady’s role as an effective grant writer has been key to the library obtaining significant grants for technology, new programs, books and media, McMullin said.

Among the other duties Hare will assume are being the technology liaison for the library’s computer services, and traveling to the library branches to give one-on-one time to the branch librarians.

“I’ve made branch visits to each of the branches once a month, and it’s been like having individual staff meetings with the librarians,” Kanady said. “I’ll miss everybody here – the librarians, headquarters staff and all the people I’ve come in contact with. I’ll show Dee how I do things and she’ll take it from there.”

At Booneville, McMullin said Hare’s advancement has allowed Leigh Hood to be promoted from assistant librarian to interim head librarian.

“The branch librarians and the regional staff will miss Cathy because she is so kind and thoughtful in so many ways,” McMullin said.

The library board’s approval to search for a candidate within the library system gave them a chance to identify Hare, whose experience and qualifications are so well-suited to their needs, he said.

“I’m very excited to start this new journey,” Hare said. “With all the new technology and digital services I hope we’ll continue to offer nontraditional ways of delivering services to the community.”

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