(Posted Feb. 4, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Mount Sterling Public Library board of trustees has selected a new director for the library.
Steve Brindza took the helm on Feb. 1. He replaces Chris Siscoe who resigned late last year to become director of Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library in West Jefferson.
“We’re really looking forward to getting Steve on board,” said Andy Drake, a library trustee and chairman of the director search committee.
“(Siscoe) left extremely large shoes to fill. He put a lot of work into programming and community development and built great relationships with the Mount Sterling Community Center and the (Madison-Plains) school board. We plan to build on the good work he has done.”
Brindza was among 10 candidates the search committee considered for the position. He stood out, Drake said, for not only his library background but also his technical knowledge, business experience, and attitude.
“Steve is a very outgoing guy who I think will do really well with our patrons and staff,” Drake said, adding that the board appreciates Brindza’s “willingness to wade right in.”
Brindza is indeed enthusiastic about his new job. He can’t wait to go about the business and fun of operating, improving and promoting the library. He already has his sights set on the library’s 110-year anniversary in 2023.
“I want to promote the library as a one-stop brick-and-mortar shop… I just want to talk it up and talk it up!” he said.
He plans to do the same for the Community Museum that occupies the building’s lower level.
Bookish from a young age, Brindza said he has always been fascinated with reading, organizing material, and being able to say, “I have the answer for you.”
He earned a masters degree in library science in 1990 from Southern Connecticut State University and has worked in the library field off and on ever since, starting as the adult services supervisor at St. Clairsville Public Library in eastern Ohio.
Brindza’s experience also includes a stint at the Ohio Supreme Court Library, the second largest court library in the United States, and Capital University’s Blackmore Library.
For 10 years, he served as editor for the Dewey Decimal System and in cataloguing support for OCLC, a Dublin, Ohio-based non-profit that provides shared technology services, original research, and programs for the global library community.
Prior to taking the job at Mount Sterling Public Library, Brindza put his masters degree in business to work in data processing and image services at JP Morgan Chase.
As for why he decided to return to library work, Brindza said, “I’m a librarian first and foremost. This is a good fit.”
Brindza’s first priority in his new job is to work with the library board to determine what steps can be taken to reopen the library to patrons. He also plans to meet with his predecessor for recommendations regarding renewal of the library’s tax levy.
In the meantime, he’s getting to know the staff, including Jeremy VanMeter, the library’s new fiscal officer.