White, who has been director since 2008, said three potential successors were interviewed Wednesday and the best of the candidates will be chosen by the Sequoyah system’s board during a called meeting Dec. 17.
After being with the three-county library system for 42 years and reaching age 67, White said it just feels like a good time to close the book.
“I’ve got some age on me and I just decided it was time,” said White, who started out with the Sequoyah system as a bookmobile librarian in 1971. “I have worked 45 straight years. I didn’t have any children so there was no reason for me not to work.”
Co-workers said White will be sorely missed. “We are just mourning,” said Christy Southard, technical processes supervisor for the Sequoyah Regional Library System. “Whoever takes her place is going to have some mighty big boots to fill.”
Southard said she has worked closely with White at RT Jones Memorial Library in Canton, where they are both based, since she took over as director.
“I’ve worked under at least three supervisors during the time I’ve been here,” Southard said. “And she, far and away, I think has been one of the most well-respected. She is just very fair-minded. She’s probably one of the most hard-working people I know.”
White’s administrative assistant Paula Lathem said she’ll be sad to see her boss go, but she is hopeful the new director can mirror some of White’s qualities.
“She’s just the best boss that I’ve had so far,” Lathem said. “Our library board is so good and I know they will choose the right person.”
White said she will also miss the friends she’s made through the years and has enjoyed her time with the system, but she’s looking forward to retirement.
“I’ll also enjoy not having to wake up in the morning,” White joked.