A long and winding road led Katie Hill to her role as Cape Girardeau Public Library Director.
In high school, Hill planned to study history in college and pursue a career in law or politics. Halfway through college, Hill spent her summer in Washington D.C. for an internship. Through a training session at the Library of Congress and a job at her college library, Hill fell in love with libraries and changed her path.
Hill then pursued a master’s degree in library science. Her graduate assistant position at Emporia State University led to a role as the university’s director of the Master of Library Science program for four years.
After that time and training, Hill was ready to work in a library outside of campus. She became director of the Coffeyville, Ks. Public Library for the next five years. Ready to advance her career, Hill was offered the position of library director in Cape Girardeau upon the retirement of longtime director Betty Martin.
Hill’s job is to make sure the library staff has the resources they need to run smoothly. She also works with the library board to execute the set budget and policies to offer the community the best library experience possible.
“Serving and helping people is what drew me to the profession and what brings a smile to my face,” said Katie. Her goal is to serve everyone. The Cape Public Library serves a wide range of people with different wants and needs. Fairness, equal access and a welcoming community are all a part of the library’s mission.
There are many services the Cape Public Library offers with which the public may be unfamiliar. An example is their passport assistance program, where community members can come and be guided through the passport application process. There are educational programs and leisure activities for children, teens, and adults. Check out the library’s calendar for upcoming events. You can also check out a variety of items you would not expect — including technology items, such as telescopes and mobile hot spots, to novelty items like fun shaped cake pans and ukuleles.
Brenna Shea is a mass communications major with a public relations concentration at Southeast Missouri State University. This summer she plans to begin her PR career at either a digital marketing agency or a business-to-consumer corporation in the Greater St. Louis area. To learn more about her, visit her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brennashea