Library Director

director.jpgTaken from article published in the September 26, 2007 Tipton Conservative.  It was written by Krista Clark.

Denise Smith, Tipton's assistant librarian since August 2005, has been chosen as the city's new librarian, replacing Julie Courter who moved to Illinois.

 Smith was selected for the position by the Tipton library board just a month after Courter left her job to accompany her family to Morris, Illinois where her husband, John, had accepted a teaching position.

Smith has been employed at the library for over 5 years, beginning in April 2002 when former librarian Ricardo Sauro hired her.

 A graduate of the Iowa Christian Academy in Central City, Smith has obtained 60 college credit hours from Faith Baptist College in Ankeny and Pillsbury Baptist College in Owatonna, MN.

 She is also certified as a librarian in Iowa after having obtained an Iowa Public Library Management degree over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN)

 Smith was chosen from a pool of 12 candidates who applied for the Tipton position.  The applicants were reduced to 4 finalists, all who were from Iowa.

 "Denise combined all that we were looking for in a candidate," said Library Board President Bonnie Butler.

 "She's had experience in programming, enthusiasm and will continue the work begun by Julie Courter."

 "You need to have it all in a small town library," Butler said, noting that Smith has good relationships with teenagers and children who use the library and has good relationships with Tipton city officials, who ultimately oversee the operation of the library.

 Prior to being chosen librarian by the board on Sept. 21, Smith had served as acting librarian since Courter left Aug. 17.

 As assistant librarian Smith worked 25-30 hours per week.  She'll work 40 hours a week as the librarian [director].

Smith's starting salary is $30,000 a year and she'll also receive city benefits.

 Tipton library board committee members that selected the finalists for the librarian job included Jane Moen, Laurie Hakeman and Cindy Kunde.

 Butler and Tipton City Manager Doug Boldt participated in interviewing the candidates.  Board members Jaime Meyer and Dale Jedlicka, along with several city officials, assisted in tours of the library for the finalists for the job.

Smith is married to Joel Smith, the couple has 3 children and the family resides in Tipton.