Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 15, 2013

Longtime Librarian moving on to other pursuits

Lori Travi accepts position with Dallas Public Library

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — After 7-1/2 years as Librarian for the Henderson County Murchison Memorial Library, Lorie Travi is moving on to pursue an opportunity with the Dallas Public Library.

On Monday, the Library Board of Trustees and Friends of the Library held a reception for Travi. She said she loved working at the Henderson County Library, but it was time to pursue new endeavors.

When she first started working at the library, she was the library clerk.  Eventually finishing her Master's Degree in 2009, Travi worked her way up to becoming the Head Librarian at the county library.

“I will miss everyone,” Travi said. “Saying good-bye is very hard, but I will remember all my friends at the library.”

Travi is in the process of relocating to the Dallas area. She said she has lived in Athens for almost eight years, but is looking forward to her new opportunity in Dallas.

“I will be closer to my family in Dallas,” said Travi.

Her last day was Tuesday, Oct. 8. She starts her new position on Wednesday,  Oct. 16.

Ellen Key, President of Public Library Funding, said, “I have enjoyed working with Lori. She will be missed. Lori  is leaving the library in better shape than it was when she arrived.”

Country Judge Richard Sanders, said “It's hard to say good-bye, but we wish Lorie the best with her new position in the metroplex. The county appreciates everything Lori has done for the library.”

The Library Board has not chosen a new Librarian as of yet. According to County Commissioner Ken Geeslin “There is a process to go through.”

Geeslin said the Library Board is made up of nine individuals appointed by the Henderson County Commissioners Court. The county will be posting the opening for applications soon, according to Geeslin.

The Board will take the applications and narrow the field down to two or three candidates. The Commissioners Court will then interview the candidates and make a selection to fill the position of Head Librarian.