Stephen Houser

Georgia Public Library Services Librarian of the Year and Twin Lakes Library System Director Stephen Houser stands with State Librarian Julie Walker. The state librarian was in town to present Houser with his award that was announced to the public last week.

Stephen Houser, Director of Twin Lakes Library System, is set to depart from the system on Jan. 30, after more than six years as director at TLLS. The decision to depart from TLLS comes as Houser has accepted a position in the Atlanta area.

“The decision to depart has come after thoughtful reflection about being closer to my family members in the Atlanta area,” said Houser. “I’m sad to be leaving this library system and this community, but very proud of what we’ve accomplished here at TLLS during my tenure. Since 2014, we’ve opened a new branch, expanded broadband internet access, and partnered with local schools and community organizations to increase access to literacy resources, all while receiving over $1 million dollars worth of federal, state, and private grants. I’m pleased to call this library system one of the most innovative and efficient in the state.” 

“All of us at TLLS will greatly miss Stephen’s leadership and innovation,” said Revel Pogue, chair of the TLLS Board. She noted that the system greatly expanded its outreach to the community during Houser’s tenure, successfully navigated the SDS negotiations during 2019, and received numerous awards and grants. “We wish Stephen the best in his future endeavors, and are grateful for the positive impact he’s had on our library and our community.”

TLLS will begin a new director job search immediately and has secured the services of Stephen Whigham to serve as interim library director. Whigham worked as the library director for the Ocmulgee Regional Library System for seven years before retiring in 2012 and previously served as interim director for TLLS in 2014, before Houser’s hiring.

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