New Library Director Appointed
Following an extensive, nationwide search, City Manager James E. Baker announced today the appointment of Amanda B. Jackson as the City’s new Director of Libraries, effective July 30, 2018. Jackson replaces Victoria Strickland-Cordial, who retired from the position earlier this year. Jackson will receive a salary of $112,500 annually.
“I am extremely pleased to be able to bring a professional of Amanda Jackson’s caliber to Chesapeake,” said Baker. “Her proven track record of innovation and community engagement will serve to propel our already outstanding library system to even greater success.”
Jackson has served as the Director of the City of Gadsden, Alabama, Library and Museum since 2005. She works closely with numerous community organizations, as well as the Alabama State Library. Jackson previously served as Library Services Consultant to the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville.
“The Chesapeake Public Library is a model of both engagement and customer service,” said Jackson. “I am excited to lead this dynamic, creative, and forward-focused team as we work together to continue the evolution of the Chesapeake libraries into places where people come for knowledge and learning from books, from technology, and from one another.”
Jackson holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama. She also holds a Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, earned with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Jackson is an active member of both the Alabama and American Library Associations, the Etowah (AL) County Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Gadsden Kiwanis Club, among other organizations.
Additional information about the Chesapeake Public Library may be found on the library website, Infopeake.org.