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Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees serves as an advisory board for the Library Director. Each member is dedicated to library advocacy and listens to the needs of the community regarding what is and isn’t working within the library system. They have served as a voice for the transformation of Main Library and have spoken in support of increased outreach efforts for the Bragtown community while the location was closed for repairs. They share excitement from friends, neighbors, and library patrons who express their love for Durham County Library. The Board of Trustees also supports the library’s budget requests to Durham County and works diligently with staff to review and approve library policies. They are a committed group of individuals, dedicated to Durham County having the best library system possible.

Members of the Board of Trustees are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The general public is welcome and encouraged to apply for these appointments.

Meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes
By-Laws of the Board of Trustees
Committees
Public comment
Trustees’ Award

Board members

Sandra Chambers

Chair

Email: sann@nc.rr.com

Sandra Chambers is a librarian and information professional with over 20 years’ experience in providing scientific and biomedical literature research and factual evaluated information to the public and company employees at all levels. She has served in various corporate library positions. Sandra joined the Board of Trustees because of her interest in all types of libraries. Libraries are important because they provide free educational and entertainment resources for everyone. She loves that the Durham County Library staff are committed to bringing innovative and inclusive programs and services to everyone in the community. Sandra enjoys reading mysteries, thrillers, and a bit of science fiction.

Pronouns: she/her

Hank Kinsley

Vice Chair

Email: hankkinsley@hotmail.com

Mr. Kinsley holds an MBA from Duke University and has held various positions in Business and Finance. He previously served as a library Trustee in coastal Maine. He was interested in joining the Board of Trustees because of the unique role that the Durham County Library plays in helping to educate and train while also serving as a vital community meeting place.

Pronouns: he/him

Camilla Meek

Email: camilllameek@gmail.com

The library was a place I could happily spend hours in as a child. A library is an important center of community life, and Durham is lucky to have a great library system.

My background spans marketing communications, education technology, data analysis, and digital transformation. I have worked in higher education and financial services, and I’m an active family supporter of EK Powe Elementary School.

I joined the Durham County Library Board of Trustees to support the library for current and future generations. I hope you will join me in using and supporting the library and introducing our library services to family and friends.

Pronouns: she/her

Katie Kaefer

Email: katiekaefer@gmail.com

Katie Kaefer joined the Library Board of Trustees in Fall 2020 to help support the library’s mission and vision, and to be more involved in the Durham community.

Katie has worked in publishing and scholarly communications for 10 years, most recently as Marketing and Communications Associate at BioOne, a nonprofit publisher of academic journals in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. She holds a Master of Arts degree in American History with minors in Public History and Women’s Studies from the University of Houston and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and English Literature from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Her favorite thing about the Durham County Library is the Lucky Day shelf, and she makes a beeline to it every time she visits the library. Katie’s favorite book from the last few years is Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It.

Pronouns: she/her

Luis Olivieri-Robert

Email: lfor@netzero.net

Luis works for the City of Raleigh Community Engagement Division, where he coordinates the Raleigh Neighborhood College. He has been an educator for 35 years and currently teaches history at Durham Technical Community College. He has done graduate studies in history, humanities, Spanish, and adult education.

Luis was interested in joining the Durham County Library Board of Trustees in order to bring Hispanic-Latino representation and share ideas and projects to increase support and awareness for the library system. He sees the library as a tool and space to build community, increase learning, and promote dialogue. He likes to read biographies and short stories. Luis is also a track and field athlete at the Masters and Senior Games level.

Michael Case

Email: mlcase@alumni.unc.edu

Michael Case has been a patron and supporter of the library wherever he has lived and appreciates the opportunity to contribute in some small way to the Durham County Library, a treasured and valuable resource to our community. Michael is a research administrator at the University of North Carolina, and he and his husband reside in downtown Durham. He is a fan of biographies and historical fiction.

Pronouns: he/him

Miguel Jackson

Email: mjackso1@email.unc.edu

Miguel Jackson is a Public Communication Specialist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While obtaining his MBA at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he learned that planning and more importantly advocacy are vital to Durham’s library system. He believes the library is important because knowledge is vital to the success of any community. When he is not working at his alma mater or serving the community, he loves to read a good biography or autobiography because it’s history from a unique perspective. He recently just finished reading Grant written by Ron Chernow and also Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom written by David Blight.

Pronouns: he/him

Mrinmay “Moy” Biswas

Email: mbiswas@nc.rr.com

Moy received his Ph.D. at The University in Charlottesville, Virginia. He practiced structural engineering in Manhattan and designed buildings, bridges, nuclear power plants, and nuclear fusion reactors. He taught at Texas A & M University and Duke University. He managed research and the library at the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

As a member of the Board of Trustees, Moy serves as the Library Art Committee liaison. He is also a member of the Durham Engineers Club, and as a member of the Durham Wildlife Club, he manages an eleven-acre fishing lake there in the RTP area. He volunteers as an income tax preparer for the low-income and elderly.

Pronouns: he/him

Willis Whichard

Email: wwhichard@tillmanfirm.com

I am a lawyer by profession. My career has consisted of private law practice, legislative and judicial service, teaching, and law-school administration. I value the Library because it is the most democratic institution of which I know, benefiting all levels of society. I have used it since I was a small boy. My reading interests are primarily history and biography. I thus owe it a large debt which I have endeavored to pay by service as the Founding President of the Durham Library Foundation and now as a member of the board of trustees.

Liaisons

Commissioner Nimasheena Burns

Liaison from the Board of County Commissioners

Email: nburns@dconc.gov

Joel Lerner

Liaison from the Friends of the Durham Library

Email: jlerner12001@yahoo.com

Anita Robinson

Liaison from the Durham County Library Staff

Email: arobinson@dconc.gov

919-560-0167

Anita Robinson is a Durham native with a B.A. degree in public administration from North Carolina Central University. Anita is the board liaison and the executive assistant to the Durham County Library Director. She enjoys working at the library, as it reaches so many people and offers many diverse programs to the community. Anita is a big Carolina Panthers fan!

Pronouns: she/her

Library Director Tammy Baggett

Tammy Baggett

Library Director

Email: tbaggett@dconc.gov

919-560-0160

Tammy is passionate about delivering quality library services in Durham County, where her team places a high emphasis on improving literacy in Durham and offering programs that enhance digital inclusion as it relates to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). She also enjoys giving back to the profession by mentoring others.