Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has chosen former Livingston County Library director Robin Westphal to be Missouri’s State Librarian, beginning Monday, April 9. The State Library is a division of the Missouri Secretary of State’s office.
“We are excited to bring Robin back to Missouri to help lead the State Library,” Ashcroft said. “She brings an exceptional level of knowledge and experience and already has a deep familiarity with Missouri’s public libraries, having served as president of the Missouri Public Library Directors. We are excited Robin will be bringing her talents to the State Library.”
Westphal spent 12 years as library director at the Livingston County Library in Chillicothe before accepting the library director position in Johnson City, Tenn. She has held a wide variety of library jobs over the years, and relishes her Midwest upbringing and education. Robin was awarded her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University.
“Having worked as a library director in Missouri for 12 years, I come to the position of State Librarian with a unique perspective,” Westphal said. “I expect to hit the ground running and develop goals quickly. This is an encouraging time. I don’t remember Missouri libraries ever having a stronger advocate than Secretary Ashcroft. I look forward to working closely with him and his staff to further enhance the role libraries play in the communities of Missouri.”
The Missouri State Library promotes the development and improvement of library services throughout the state, provides direct library and information service in support of the executive and legislative branches of Missouri state government and strives to ensure all Missourians have equal access to library services.