Scott named director of Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library

Published 12:09 pm Saturday, March 23, 2024

David Scott was named the director of the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library in February. Scott has previously served as the collection management librarian.

Scott said he was excited to be taking on the position and sees this as an opportunity to bring some of his ideas to the table.

“I’ve always had ideas and so everyone wants to be in a position to bring those to fruition,” Scott said, adding, “Not that I was inhibited or blocked, but, you know, now it’s a lot easier and I can expand on that.”

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Scott said he sees his position as one of being responsible in listening to the ideas of others.

“You know, everyone, to a certain extent, wants to be their own boss and and make the decisions, but at the same time, you know, now you’re responsible and you just have to remember that not all your ideas are good, and you have to listen to other people,” he said.

It was Beverly Cleary, the American children’s and young adult fiction writer, Scott said, that inspired him to become a librarian.

“I was 25 years old and trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I was thinking I wanted to go into history,” Scott said. But that all changed when he was leaving the Dallas Public Library after doing homework there.

“I had packed up my stuff and was walking through the aisle to leave and Beverly Cleary’s autobiography was on display. And I said, oh, I loved Beverly Cleary when I was a kid. So, I picked it up and I took it home and I read it,” Scott said. “It turned out she (Cleary) was a librarian and everything that she talked about in the book was what I wanted to do. And the next week I applied to library school.”

One of Scott’s goals for the WCVPL is for it to become more interactive with the community.

“For me that means more outreach and connections with our community,” he said. “Libraries everywhere, but especially since COVID, have seen huge drop-offs in traffic and we are trying tobuild back up to where we used to be.”

Currently, the WCVPL has been partnering with the Vicksburg National Military Park and the United Way of West Central Mississippi, and Scott said they are looking to broaden their partnerships with other entities in the community.

Scott is a native of Texas. He graduated from the University of North Texas in 2003, where he earned a master’s degree in library science.

Upon graduation, Scott took a job with the San Francisco Public Library before moving to Vicksburg in 2017.

“The first time I set foot in Mississippi,” Scott said, “was the night before I interviewed for the job and then the second time visiting Mississippi was moving here for the job.”

Scott is married to Katrina Scott.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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