Barbara Pickell’s library career began at the Timberland Regional Library in Olympia, Washington, immediately after her graduation from the University of Washington with a BA in English. In 1977, she received her MLS from Emporia State University in Kansas. She has worked in special, academic and public libraries in Washington, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Kansas; and has directed libraries in California, New Jersey and Ohio, however she considers the position in Clearwater to be the highpoint of her career. She is excited to have the opportunity to work in this vital, exciting organization, and the gorgeous, new main library, with the view of the gulf isn’t hard to take.
Although she has worked in many types of libraries, Barbara is happiest in a public library. She is actively involved with Intellectual Freedom issues and organizations. She is also a strong advocate for equitable pay, diversity, outstanding customer service and staff growth opportunities. Her primary focus is to have the Clearwater Public Library System serve the needs of the residents of Clearwater and the surrounding area.