About the Library Director
Shelley Barron is our library director.
Shelley has been the director for thirty-one years. Before coming to this library she worked at the Conrad Public Library. She received her BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University. Not finding a zoo to work for in the area (although she says she now lives in one), she spent many years in the retail field.
She is certified as a Public Librarian in the State Library of Iowa, is Chairman of the Marshall County Libraries Association and a member of Iowa Library Association and the Iowa Small Libraries Association. She has taught classes on display practices in the library for the State Library of Iowa. She was on the steering committee for the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance and the Community Foundation of Marshall County and reintroduced the L.E.A.P. program to the community.
Shelley is very proud of the many accomplishments that the Library has achieved in the past 31+ years, some of which include: continuation of the Library's accreditation with the State library, complete conversion to an automated catalog and circulation system, addition of new formats to the library collection, increased circulation and in-library use, the receipt of grants for collection development, children's programming, up-to-date technology and a space needs assessment.
Shelley lives north of Marshalltown with her husband Kim, a Senior Technologist with Fisher Controls. They have trained and shown Alaskan Malamutes since 1981 and currentl own two. Shelley also gardens and collects antiques. And of course, reads.
Contact the director Shelley Barron