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Monday, June 20, 2016

Meet MLC Monday: Lorietha Myers

Meet Lorietha Myers, Library Development Administrative Assistant at the Mississippi Library Commission. Lorietha performs a number of essential duties at MLC, including preparing our meeting rooms for workshops and meetings, assisting with continuing education workshops, and general office work. She also assists MLC's consultants and Library Development Director when needed and serves on the agency's celebration committee. Myers has been with MLC nearly 25 years; she joined the team in February of 1992. Lorietha holds an ASCP (Administrative Support Certification Program) certificate from the State Personnel Board.

Lorietha says that one of her favorite parts of her job is meeting with and helping library directors when they come to the Mississippi Library Commission for workshops or to meet with consultants. She loves hearing all about the new activities and programs the local libraries are developing and offering to their communities. About public libraries in Mississippi, Myers says, "I think libraries give each individual a chance to learn more. People don't necessarily own a lot of tech at home; a lot of people can't afford to get the newest devices every year. Libraries are a great equalizer. They let people stay current with the 21st century. Otherwise a lot of people, children especially, would fall way behind in digital literacy. For some, libraries are their only means of accessing information."

Lorietha loves to read. "Books charge your imagination. You can take a trip anywhere you want!" She especially enjoys reading romance novels and children's books. You can read her review of one her latest reads, Want, Need, Love here. Lorietha also spends some of her free time cooking, which she loves, and attending concerts. She saw Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton when they came to Jackson last month and had a fantastic time.

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