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Thompson joins Bloomfield community as library director

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

(By Sabrina Westfall) Cassandra Thompson is the new director at the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library. [Order this photo]
The search for a smaller library with more opportunities brought the new director to Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library.

Cassandra Thompson started her new position May 8, after working four years at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library.

"I was looking for a position in a small-to-medium library. In the larger systems you don't get to do as much. There are specific departments that handle collection development and programming, which are my two main interests," Thompson said.

She said by working in the Bloomfield library she will have a chance to take part in all aspects of running the library.

"I was just saying yesterday, as Mary Witty showed me how to process materials, that in Indianapolis there was a whole department to do just that, and it didn't even happen in the library. It was in a warehouse," she explained. "There are some things you don't get to experience (at a large library). It's just simple things like that I would have never known."

Thompson graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with her Master in Library Science (MLS).

"I started off in non-profit sector, with a degree in non-profit management," Thompson said.

She said from there she wanted to find a career she was passionate about and could put her all into, which she decided was reading and literature.

She said she wanted to be able to plan events, write grants, and really have a purpose, so she pursued her MLS.

"The semester I had started my MLS the economy crashed. When I graduated there weren't any jobs, so I am very thankful to have this opportunity," Thompson said.

As for her work thus far in the Bloomfield library, Thompson said the transition has been smooth.

"I'm also very thankful the staff here is so experienced. ... They have made it a great experience for me to learn the ropes," Thompson added.

Thompson said she has made some internal changes, but nothing that would affect the public's experience at the library.

"I want to increase advocacy and outreach, so you may see more marketing and events," Thompson said.

Thompson grew up outside of Indianapolis in Mooresville, which she said has a similar atmosphere to what she has experience in Bloomfield.

"The culture shock was actually in the library. Things are done differently, but that's not a bad thing," she said.

Thompson is currently commuting from Martinsville, as her husband Clint finishes his dissertation at IUPUI.

They have hopes after graduation Clint will be able to get a job at Crane so they can move to the Bloomfield area.

"Being a librarian, obviously, I like to read. I like romance novels, fantasy and biographical books. If people would like to come in and tell me what they read, I'd love to talk about it," Thompson said.

As a means to get acquainted with the town, Thompson attended the Bloomfield Town Council meeting earlier this month, and intends on visiting other local meetings.

She will also be introducing herself during the July 4 creation of the Community Art Wall. She will be at the Bloomfield Park from noon until the fireworks start as community members help create the aluminum sculpture with the help of Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum's Traveling Foundry.

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