New director sought for library; needs managing experience
The Newton County Library Board of Directors has begun advertising the position of library director as it seeks a replacement for Greg Heid, who accepted the library director position in Des Moines, Iowa.
The board is looking for a candidate with a master’s degree in library and information services and at least 10 years of experience, including two years of experience in a management position. The new director will make between $47,000 and $70,000, according to a job posting on the website of the Georgia Public Library Service.
Marc Jordan, a library board member, said the board hopes to make a hire as soon as possible. Bob Halcums, assistant library director, is serving as acting director.
Regarding the future direction of the library, Jordan had this to say in an e-mail:
“Our community is blessed to have a board that is knowledgeable and will take the necessary actions to provide materials and services to help community residents meet their informational, educational, recreational,
of local officials, including local and state government representatives.
Cushman spoke to those representatives and told them about leadership and their responsibilities.
She told the story of a group of American revolutionary war soldiers who were attempting to lift up a wall and push it into place. The corporal was giving directions to the men, who failed to lift it. He tried to encourage them by yelling louder, but the men failed a second time.
Finally, a large man in a gray coat came and helped the men push up the wall. He asked the corporal why he didn’t help. The corporal responded that he was helping by giving directions, not to mention he was a corporal. The man in the coat turned out to be General George Washington.
“ That’s a real leader. Someone who doesn’t yell or tell, but someone who steps in and helps. Real servant leadership,” Cushman said.
Cushman also spoke about the importance of stories and how they help pass on values to future generations.
“ We tell stories about my dad, running twice and losing, before he won the third time,” Cushman said. “ It’s not his failure that’s so important, because failure is sad. What’s important is that he got back up the next day and ran again. So we value persistence.”
She spoke about how before the Revolutionary War, many colonists believed England and the American colonies could reach a peaceful agreement. Eventually, Patrick Henry came to the conclusion this would not be possible, leading to his famous “ Give me liberty or give me death” speech. She said stories like that can lead people to action.
Finally Cushman spoke about the power of prayer and the role God plays in people’s lives and in government.
“ Our nation is not just different in that we’re a different location, a different format. We’re different because when we declared our freedom, we understood that our rights came from God, they came from the people. And the people loaned them to the government,” she said.
She said it’s important to remember that elected officials get their power from the people, and that the people get their rights from God, so all are equal.
Cushman’s column appears every Sunday in The Covington News, and she is also the author of " 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From our Family to Yours,'' and " The Essential American: 25 documents and Speeches that Every American Should Read.”