Jocelyne Sansing, OCC Library manager since 2008, taking job in Wisconsin
She will start in mid-August as the director of the Middleton Public Library in Wisconsin, where she was hired after a "nationwide search," according to an article on its website.
“I'm going to be sad to leave Colorado,” Sansing said in an interview. “It's been a great eight years. The Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has changed a lot. I feel like I'm leaving when it's getting good.” However, she added, it will be an opportunity to “be close to family and extended family.”
Sansing's last day in Old Colorado City is Friday, July 22.
A replacement has not yet been hired. Old Colorado City Library Supervisor Trish Blakely, who has been with PPLD since 2002 and at OCC since 2010, will serve in the interim.
At the Middleton Library, part of the South Central Library System in Wisconsin, Sansing will direct a staff of 24 full-time-equivalent employees. "I believe that equal access to quality information and resources has the power to change lives, and is one of the reasons I became a librarian,” she is quoted on the Middleton Library website. “I am honored to be the next MPL director and am looking forward to serving the good neighbors of Middleton."
The town of Middleton (population 26,000), is next to the city of Madison, which is about 10 times its size. Before coming to Colorado, Sansing had lived in Madison nearly 10 years, most of it as a student at the University of Wisconsin, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master's in library science. Most of her family live “pretty close” to Madison, about a 40-minute drive to the northeast, she said.
While at Old Colorado City, Sansing also managed the Ute Pass Library - including dealing with flooding problems resulting from the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire - until last year. She additionally filled in as head of the Rockrimmon Library.
Looking back, Sansing said she is happy to have been part of a time at the Old Colorado City facility “when we've really done a great job of blending a historical building and facilities with 21st century library and services." She elaborated that the effect has been “improved access [for patrons] to computers and technology,” including applications, devices and free printing.
She is also pleased with the partnership she helped establish in recent years with the Westside Community Center, using its larger space for frequent library-organized programs that require more space than the Old Colorado City branch has.
A lasting Sansing remembrance is the large tile mural that brightens up the back wall of the library parking lot - an idea she had that was implemented last year in cooperation with the Concrete Couch art organization and numerous volunteers.
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