News and Notes

Laura Simon is the new Director of the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Library, effective Jan. 23rd.  Her email contact is lsimon@pineblufflibrary.org.  Laura has a Master’s degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies with emphasis in Library Science from the University of Missouri—Columbia (2008).  Most recently she was director of the Artesia Public Library in Artesia, New Mexico.  She previously managed libraries from 2009-2013 at St. Luke’s College and a public school library in Iowa, where she obtained her teaching certificate.  She also managed a public library in South Sioux City, Nebraska, from 2005-2009.

Judy Golden, Director of the Clark County Library in Arkadelphia, is retiring with 40+ years of service.  Her last day on the job is Friday, Jan. 27th.

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1st, Ashley Parker-Graves is the new director of the Clark County Library.  Ashley Parker-Graves grew up in Texarkana, TX.  She attended Henderson State University from 2001 to 2005, during which time she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in dual majors: English and History.  In 2007 Ashley took her first library job as a Circulation Clerk for the Garland County Library, but soon after was hired by the Mid-Arkansas Regional Library (Malvern) as their Library Director, where she served until July 2016.  Ashley completed her Masters of Library Science at Texas Woman’s University in December of 2007.

Congratulations to Laura and Ashley on their new positions.  Best wishes to Judy upon her retirement!

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