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November 4, 2013

NT library director brings fresh perspective

Tonawanda News — Britt White, the new director at the North Tonawanda Public Library would like to come up with a new slogan to get more people interested in visiting the library.

“We need something like a ‘got milk?’ campaign for the library,” she said with a laugh. “We need people to say ‘I’ll library it instead of Google it.”

She has lots of ideas like this and she’d like nothing better than to execute them in her new position, taking over for longtime library presence Peggy Waite.

Waite retired as the director of the library in August after nine years in the post and about 36 total years at the facility in various capacities.

White is only the eighth director in the library’s 115-year history, and even though she’s new to the NIOGA system, she knew she had some big shoes to fill in taking over for Waite.

“Coming into the library as a new face — none of the staff knew me, the board didn’t know me — I wanted to make sure I respected” the already-established routine, White said. “There was no way I’d come in and say ‘We’re going to change this and that.’ Bottom line is this library is fantastic and for me to come in and not take the time to learn how everything is done is a disservice.”

White got her start as a librarian some 13 years ago after earning a masters in library science at University at Buffalo. She first worked in the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system for 11 years and then moved to the library at Buffalo Seminary for two years. 

While with the BECPL system, she worked at a handful of different libraries in just as many different positions. From management and phone and electronic reference, to computer training, collection development and youth services, she’s done a little bit of everything.

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