By Tamas Mondovics
Library Board, staff, volunteers, friends and family of the Johnson County Public Library gathered last week to honor one of their own. And for a good reason.Linda Icenhour enjoyed the spotlight on Tuesday, March 26, in celebration of her 30 years of service to the community. Icenhour first began her career as a library volunteer in 1986 and was hired as a Library Assistant in 1988. Three years later she was promoted to Library Director.
As Director, Icenhour was responsible for many improvements to the library including the conversion of the paper library cards and stamped-card checkout system to the Voyager online computer circulation system, which went into effect in 1999. According to library officials, the “change allowed our library patrons to have easier access to the library catalog of items available from the other 16 libraries in our region.” In 2006, there was an online circulation system upgrade to the Millennium system as well as the addition of ETSU and NE Community College to our region as a source of books for our library patrons.
Following a fundraising effort in 2007, the original library building was expanded with North and South wings to add space for bookshelves, computers, the Shouns Genealogy room, and the Kathleen Mount meeting room. Thanks to her efforts the facility received technology grants from the State of Tennessee to acquire additional computers, and public Wi-Fi access allowing the library to remain a supplier of resources for the community.A fundraising effort for the proposed Johnson County Public Library expansion to add a reading room and wi-fi area is currently underway.
For more information about this project or to donate funds, please call the library at 423-727-6544 and ask for Linda Icenhour.