First person: Clovis native to take over as library director

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Margaret Hinchee will become the new director of the Clovis-Carver Public Library Nov. 15.

Margaret Hinchee is getting back into books.

The Clovis native will become the new director of the Clovis-Carver Public Library Nov. 15. She succeeds Marilyn Belcher, who is leaving after 25 years — her last nine as the director.

She has been a college librarian in Louisiana and Arizona. Her first local library position came in 1996, when she became a part-time librarian for Lincoln-Jackson Elementary School. She became the librarian at Zia Elementary the following year, and is leaving her current teaching position at Ranchvale Elementary.

Reference: I was born in Clovis, left in 1976, went to undergraduate school. I was an English major in undergraduate school. I did get my teaching license, but I decided in my student teaching time I didn’t want to teach. I came back here, became interested in going to graduate school. I started looking in library science because I love literature, I love books. I love literature. I love being around books. I love reading. I love being read to.

Librarian school is different from other schools. The library program I was in concentrated on public services, collection development and cataloging for both public libraries and schools.

School versus public libraries: The needs of the public are completely different.

At a school, you’re usually bound by requests of the parents, requests of the students, needs of the teachers, needs of the students. You’re censored more. If a book is on the shelf and a parent opposes it, there’s always a committee they go through to pull that book off the shelf.

At a public library, you’re serving a larger, much broader population.

Why she loves the job: I love patron services. I think that’s my forte. I deal well with the public. I strive to meet the patron’s need in every aspect of services.

Her favorite read: My favorite book of all time is “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I read it when I was in the fifth or sixth grade. I have an entire collection of the eight books by that author. Definitely one of my favorites.

— by Kevin Wilson