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Graham and Sutherland (People in the News)

18 Aug 2015 7:40 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

Dixie Regional Library System is pleased to announce new staffing changes with the selection of Regina Graham as Director and Emily Sutherland as Assistant Director.

Although new to these positions, both Graham and Sutherland are familiar faces at DRLS. Graham was Assistant Director at the system for 11 years before taking over the duties of Director on May 1, 2015, at the retirement of Judy McNeece. Sutherland served as system Branch Manager at Jesse Yancy Memorial Library in Bruce for eight years and began her new duties as Assistant Director July 1, 2015.

Graham received her B.A. in History from the University of Mississippi and completed her Master of Library Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. She returned to the Pontotoc County Library to assume the duties of Branch Manager where she once served as a Student Library Clerk during her high school and college years. Graham was Branch Manager at Pontotoc for nine years prior to serving as Assistant Director.

Graham said that she looked forward to serving the communities in Calhoun, Chickasaw, and Pontotoc counties in this new capacity.“From meeting the bookmobile as a child in the summer, visiting after school and then as a teen working as a clerk, the library has always been a part of my life. It’s an honor to be able to give back and promote the many things our libraries offer. I look forward to working with the community, staff and trustees.”

Sutherland received her B.A. in Music from Mississippi College and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. She, too, began her library career as a Student Library Clerk at Pontotoc County Library, shelving books and assisting patrons, so both Sutherland and Graham have a long history of service to the library community!

Sutherland is ready to be an advocate for DRLS. “I am grateful and excited for the opportunity this position provides to represent, support, and promote the wonderful things happening in Calhoun, Chickasaw, & Pontotoc Counties.”

Sutherland, Graham



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