“I became fierce at the University of Illinois—ready to learn, share, and grow,” says Parker Hamilton, whose education and attitude set her on a career path that led all the way to the directorship of a public library system serving more than one million people.
Where do you work and what is your role?
I am the director of Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Libraries (MCPL), a library system near Washington, D.C. that serves a minority-majority population of more than one million residents at twenty-two locations, including twenty full-service branches, a Virtual Services branch, and a library within a county correctional facility. With a budget of $39.8 million, MCPL employs more than six hundred staff including full- and part-time staff, substitutes, and library pages.
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