The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Board has hired a Cincinnati, Ohio, woman to direct the library system. Board members announced the hiring of Barbara Morgan at their Tuesday meeting. Morgan will begin work on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

“We just hired a director with an MLS (Master in Library Science),” said interim library director Taylor Eubank. “We'll get more money from the state.”

In her role as director, Morgan will be expected to “develop, organize and administer a comprehensive program of library services to respond effectively to the needs of the community” as listed in the job announcement posted on the library's website. Other needs of the job include the ability to fundraise, write grants, be involved in community outreach, be tech savvy, have knowledge in project management and be capable of working with the board to get results.

Morgan will be paid $75,000 annually. She will also be reimbursed up to $4,000 in moving costs with receipts provided. Eubank was hired in July after Laura Whitehead resigned from the position on June 30. Initially, Eubank's contract was set to end upon the board's decision to hire a new director. However, the board voted to keep him on until the end of November in his current position and through Dec. 31 at half the hours and pay — $3,000 — starting Dec. 1.

“I think he's super, and the board thinks he's super and we love him,” Tommy Brown, library board president, said as the reason they decided to extend Eubank's contract. “He's done a super job.”

Eubank will help Morgan transition into her new position as director.

“I'm very thankful,” Eubank said of the offer. “I appreciate that the board appreciates me.”

During the meeting, the board discussed their recommendation for the vacancy on their county seat board. They suggested Travis White, of Altheimer, as a replacement for Mike Gunter who resigned about three months ago. However, the board is still waiting for approval to move forward with filling that seat.

“The Quorum Court has to approve it,” Eubank said. “They are the ones that actually make it happen. So, we've put it forward to the county judge. He's thinking about it and he hasn't decided yet that he's going to put that name forward, but I think that's he's going to based on what I was told today by (Jefferson County Judge Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV's chief of staff) Lloyd Franklin (II)… .”