New T-SC Librarian Settling In

The new library manager at the Toccoa-Stephens County Library is settling into her position.

Emily McConnell took over for Michelle Austin on January 1 following Austin’s retirement.

She said that things are going well so far.

“Everybody has been very kind to me,” said McConnell. “I have a wonderful staff, which has made the transition much easier. Michelle Austin was very nice to me and a very good teacher.”

McConnell has worked for more than nine years in libraries, gaining experience in many different departments.

Most recently, she was the Circulation Manager for the Headquarters Branch of the Hall County Library System.

McConnell said she is excited to be back in a small-town library setting like Toccoa-Stephens County.

“I grew up between Lula and Alto, so I grew up with a smaller library,” said McConnell. “The idea of being able to get back to that and to have an impact on the community, I think you have a better opportunity to do that at a smaller library and it was a wonderful opportunity.”

McConnell said she is still settling in and calls the Toccoa-Stephens County Library a wonderful facility.

Moving forward, she said she would like to work on outreach efforts.

“I would probably like to do some outreach with some YA, some teen groups, some community organizations that focus on children and see about setting up more partnerships in that arena,” said McConnell.

McConnell said she would like to thank everybody she has met so far, as well as Austin for her kindness and the library staff for being so welcoming.