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Boise Library Director Booe is Finalist for Missouri Library Job

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HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
On Thursday, May 28, Boise Public Library Director Kevin Booe will go before the public for a meet-and-greet session, but it won't be in Boise: It will be in Booe's hometown of Joplin, Missouri, where he's a finalist for the directorship of that city's library system.

According to the Joplin Globe, Booe is one of three candidates in contention for the position. The others are Jeana Gockley, branch manager of the Springfield-Greene County Public Library in Missouri; and New Hampshire-based Rochester Public Library Director Brian Sylvester. The Joplin Library Board is expected to make its final decision in early June.

Booe has been director of the Boise Public Library since 2007, but he started as a part-time book-shelver at BPL while he was in college, and has been with the organization for nearly 40 years in total. During his tenure, he has overseen the expansion of the library's branch system.

More recently, he has been the face of the library as the City of Boise announced plans to update the library's main branch, and as controversy brewed over the public process surrounding its construction and how the city will pay for the project.