STANFORD — Amanda Gearhart of Yatesboro, Pa., has been named director of the Lincoln County Public Library.
The Board of Trustees of the Lincoln County Public Library was impressed with the expertise and knowledge Gearhart displayed during her interview.
“Amanda’s experiences at Ford City and the Kittanning libraries (both smaller libraries) have given her hands-on experiences with revitalizing library services, starting and expanding library programs. She has also done fundraising and grant writing,” said Etta S. Meek, LCPL’s board of trustees president.
A number of reasons figured into Gearhart’s decision to apply for the Lincoln job.
“When searching for the next step in my career, I had narrowed the criteria. I was looking for a position in a rural/small town community in Western Pennsylvania, Southern Ohio, West Virginia or Kentucky,” she explained, adding she’d like to have a mini organic farm eventually. “Stanford fits with the type of community I was looking for. The library is supported by the community and I look forward to meeting, and exceeding, the expectations of the people.
“The video on the library’s website was one more thing that made me say ‘This is the place for me.’ Lincoln County Public Library is a beautiful new facility located in a town that has taken steps to preserve its history and the feel of early life in America. The staff seems very knowledgeable and dedicated to library services.”
Gearhart received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in library sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. Gearhart has been director of the Kittanning Public Library in Kittanning, Pa., for the past five years. Before that, she was the assistant director of the Ford City Public Library in Ford City, Pa.
Gearhart has two children and will be locating to Stanford in early June.