New di­rec­tor sought for li­brary; needs man­ag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

The Covington News - - Front page - By Gabriel Khouli ghouli@cov­

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.”

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