Amy Huff, left, chats with retiring library director Judy Tidwell, right. Huff will take over as library director today. | Alison James

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Library gets new leader

Published 12:33pm Friday, December 28, 2012

Adelia M. Russell Library will welcome its new library director tomorrow: Amy Huff, who comes from the Dadeville Public Library.

“I made the transition because it was the right time to do it,” Huff said. “It was an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up.”

Huff said she has always admired the Adelia M. Russell programming and facilities, and she has a few areas on which she wants to focus to promote the library further.

“I do intend to look at more e-books access,” Huff said. “I would like to promote those more because technology is the future. I’m interested trying to expand the bestsellers and new releases here – I think it’s important to have a lot of those available for a library of this magnitude.”

Huff takes the place of Judy Tidwell, who announced her retirement from the library Nov. 16.

Huff said she will miss the Dadeville Public Library but is excited about the new position.

“Most of all I’m going to miss the patrons and my two employees,” Huff said. “I will miss the library board – they were always so strong and supportive in helping me with any issues, concerns or needs the library had.”

Huff said meeting needs is also her top priority.

“I want people to walk out of here with what they came seeking, whether it’s a book, an audio, a video, an e-book or just information about where the post office is,” Huff said.

Huff began her career in library services in 1997. She also previously worked as a pre-school teacher, as a legal secretary and in the payroll department of Russell Hospital.

“We are thrilled that she is coming on board with us,” said Fran Harvey, administrative assistant for Mayor Charles Shaw. “She has excellent ideas about the future of the library.”

Huff said she is going to begin by finding out everything that is currently going on at the library and meeting all the people .

“I’m going to take baby steps and see where the needs are – if there are any – and go from there,” Huff said. “It’s going to be a very pleasurable job, I’m sure.”

As far the Dadeville Public Library is concerned, Huff said the board has posted the job opening. Chelsea Loyd is currently acting as the interim director.