By unanimous recommendation, the library has hired a new full-time director. Malinda Roberts, 35, currently serves as the reference librarian at Tippecanoe Public Library in Lafayette, Ind. She holds a masters degree in library science from Purdue University, and out of the 18 candidates vying for the position, she consistently stood out.
"It was a hard decision, with this many candidates," Karen Carey, president of the library board, said. "Malinda is very creative. She's got great enthusiasm for the position, for the library, and for the town. You can tell that she's a great librarian."
As a student at Purdue, Roberts' career almost veered a very different direction.
"I wanted to be an astronaut," she said.
Roberts was studying library science when she approached the director of the Indiana Space Grant Consortium for a job. Her studies in library science played a role in her hire, and within a short amount of time she was the program manager for the entire consortium.
But Roberts believed she was destined for library science.
"I had the feeling, when I was applying for this job, that it was meant to be," she said.
Roberts found the job through a public library Internet board. The position appealed to her -- her career goal is to be a library director at a small-town library -- and the town appealed to her. Spencer reminded her of her hometown, and moving here would allow her to be closer to her family.
"This is exactly the place I envisioned that I would like to be a director at," she said.
Roberts will begin her position starting August 13.
The library wanted to note their appreciation for Paula Brown, interim library director, for her patience and dedication as they searched for the right candidate for the position.