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City library director takes new job

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By Karina Ramírez / Staff Writer

After decades working in Denton, Poole going to District of Columbia

The longtime director of the Denton Public Library will become the chief of staff for the District of Columbia Public Library on July 2.

After serving 22 years with the city of Denton, Eva D. Poole submitted her resignation Thursday. Her last day with the city will be June 28.

“It is bittersweet, but this is an opportunity that I cannot pass up,” Poole said.

She was not seeking a new job, but the opportunity found her in March when she attended a Public Library Association national conference, Poole said. Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the District of Columbia Public Library, mentioned the position to her at first and after the conference told her it was a serious offer she should consider.

“I have known Eva for many years as a colleague and friend. I’ve admired her commitment to libraries and her passion for the role libraries play in supporting education and lifelong learning in a city,” Cooper said in an e-mail Monday.

Poole submitted her letter of resignation Thursday to Assistant City Manager Fred Greene. He was sad to see her go, she said, but understood the reason for her departure.

City Manager George Campbell said he considered Poole an incredible asset to the city of Denton, the Denton Public Library and to the community.

“It is an incredible loss to our city,” Campbell said, adding that Poole had transformed the traditional library system into a modern institution that meets the many challenges of the community.

Poole came to Denton in 1990 from Houston to serve as library services manager. Three years later, she was appointed director of libraries for the city. Under her leadership, the South and North branch libraries were built in 1995 and 2003, respectively. She also supervised the renovations of the Emily Fowler Central Library in 2005 and the South Branch Library in 2010.

“I am most proud of the new buildings and the renovations,” Poole said.

Her dedication to libraries provided the city with national recognition in 2009. One of the library branches was featured in a Time Magazine article titled, “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now.”

Additionally, Poole led efforts to create the state’s first public library standards.

Poole earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in 1974 and her master’s of library services in 1976, both from Texas Woman’s University.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including municipal librarian of the year by the Municipal Library Directors Association in 1998 and outstanding library director by the North Texas Regional Library System in 2009.

Poole’s list of community activities is extensive. In 2011, she was named president-elect of the Public Library Association. She will become the association’s president in June.

Locally, she has served as president of the board of DATCU in 2010-11, program co-chair of the 1997-98 Leadership Denton class of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, president of the Denton High School Parent and Teacher Student Association in 2008-09 and was a member of the board of directors of United Way of Denton County, Music Theatre of Denton, Denton Rotary Club and Denton Regional Medical Center.

When asked what she will miss about Denton, Poole said she would miss the community, as well as her hard-working and dedicated staff.

“For some of them, I am the only director of libraries they know,” she said.

As chief of staff for the District of Columbia Public Library, Poole will work closely with Cooper and other key library managers to further coordinate the work of library service and business operations, its website said. Poole also will be in charge of managing several areas of the library.

“Eva’s experience leading the Denton Public Library will help our users and library staff see new ways that the DC Public Library can serve our city,” Cooper said.

“We are pleased that she will be joining us. She will be a good fit for the library.”

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her email address is kramirez@dentonrc.com .