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Wednesday, January 09, 2013 2:01 PM

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DELPHOS — After the retirement of Director Nancy Mericle, the Delphos Public Library welcomed a new director, Kelly Rist, who was formerly the assistant director for the Brumback Library in Van Wert.

“I started at Brumback in 1985 as a page, so I was there for 27 years. I started part time, then moved to full time and eventually became a reference librarian and then assistant director,” Rist said. “I saw in the paper that the Delphos library was looking for a new director. I saw it as an opportunity to advance to a director position, so I applied.”

Rist and her husband, John, live in Middle Point, which conveniently leaves the distance she drives to work unchanged.
“It’s funny, actually, because I went from driving 7.5 miles to Van Wert to driving 7.5 miles to Delphos,” she said.

Since she was first hired at Brumback, Rist has received a college degree in Secondary Science and is currently pursuing her master’s in Library Science at Kent State University.

Rist officially started at the Delphos library on Jan. 2 and is still in the process of settling in.

“The biggest change for me has been the staff coming to me to make decisions. When you’re an assistant director, they don’t ask you for definitive decisions. As a director, you’re ultimately responsible for everything,” she said. “I’m still settling in here, so I haven’t had much time to make plans for anything. One big change we have coming up is the library will be joining the SEO Consortium, which means we’ll have access to materials from 80-plus libraries.”

Rist says the thing she loves most about working in a library is the opportunity to interact with the people.

“My favorite is meeting the public. I enjoy getting to know them and their needs. I like to make the library a welcoming place and a well-utilized place. I believe it is,” she said. “I really like it here. The staff have been very nice and helpful and they’re willing to go out of their way to help you. The community is really friendly, they’ve made me feel very welcome.”

Rist and her husband have one son, Cole, and one daughter, Alicia.


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