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Idaho gets new state librarian

Idaho’s board of library commissioners appointed Stephanie Bailey-White to the role of Idaho state librarian Thursday.

Bailey-White joined the state library (now the ICfL) as the agency’s public information officer in 1991 and was promoted to deputy state librarian in 2016.

“It is truly an honor to be appointed to this role,” Bailey-White said. “I am fully committed to the ICfL’s mission and inspired on a daily basis by what Idaho library staff are doing to make our state an even better place in which to live and learn.”

As state librarian, Bailey-White hopes to expand partnerships with statewide stakeholders and pursue additional funding opportunities to strengthen the vital role of libraries in Idaho. Bailey-White holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Emporia State University and a master’s in reading education from Boise State University. Her undergraduate degree is in communications from the University of Idaho.

Idaho’s former state librarian, Ann Joslin, retired in May 2019, after 40 years of service.

Bailey-White is the 20th state librarian to serve in that position since Idaho’s first state librarian was hired in 1901.

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