Member of the Month

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Cecilia Barham

Cecilia Barham
Library Director, North Richland Hills Library  

Professional experience

This year marks my 20th year in libraries. I began my library career at the University of North Texas, where I worked as a film librarian and a web development librarian. I transitioned to public libraries and had the opportunity to work for Sue Compton at the Flower Mound Public Library. Under her wonderful mentorship, I became interested in library management. In 2005, I became director of the Decatur Public Library. During my tenure there, the Library was one of two libraries named finalists for the Bill and Melinda Gates/Library Journal Best Small Library in America in 2012. I am currently the director of the North Richland Hills Library where, in August, we will be opening a makerspace called The Maker Spot

Innovative library practices

It is an exciting time to work in libraries, where innovation has become part of our daily operations. Currently, I am very interested in the integration of technology and early childhood literacy. I think the Early Literacy and iPads program at Arlington Public Library is a great example of this type of innovation.

Favorite literary character or book

As I write this, I would say my favorite literary character is Arnold “Junior” Spirit from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. His perseverance, humor, goodness, and humanity are a model for us all. His realization of the many tribes to which we all belong is powerful and touching to me every time I read it – see page 217 in the hardback version.

Most memorable TLA experience

Attending TALL Texans was an amazing experience. It sharpened my leadership skills, encouraged me to lead in a way that is true to my nature, and allowed me the opportunity to make lasting friendships.

I am so very honored to be the TLA Member of the Month. This is a close second!  

Created on Jul 1, 2015 | Last updated July 02, 2015