Kingman librarian accepts job in Oro Valley

Mary Musgrave, manager of the Kingman branch of the Mohave County library system, has accepted a position as manager of a library that is being built in the Tucson suburb of Oro Valley.

Mugrave, who earned a master's degree in library science at the University of Arizona and worked for the college library for nine years, accepted the job with because she considers Tucson home.

She joined the Kingman branch as a librarian eight years ago and was promoted to branch manager in January 1997

"The main reason is because I want to go home," Musgrave said.

"The whole family wants to go home."

Musgrave, a librarian for 22 years, said she accepted the job in Oro Valley on Friday, will put in her last day July 7 and start her new job July 17.

The library will become an affiliate of the Tucson/Pima Free Library District.

"It1s actually a lateral move," Musgrave said.

"Just the type of work will be changing.

I will be reporting to the Oro Valley community development director."

Musgrave said she will supervise 15 to 17 employees at the new library.

She also will be involved in planning the new library, with construction starting in October and completion expected the following October.

The library is budgeted for 15,000 square feet, with expansion plans for an additional 10,000 square feet.

With Musgrave departing, county library director Bonnie Campbell said she has realigned the staff in the Kingman branch, and appointed outreach librarian Marian Craig as library manager.

Craig, who has worked for the library for three years, is responsible for managing the outlying "station" libraries in Dolan Springs, Meadview, Chloride, Valle Vista, South Mohave Valley, Golden Shores/Topock, Oatman and Beaver Dam/Littlefield.

Campbell said, "I'd like to give accolades to Mary (Musgrave).

Mary has been one of the most loyal people we have had, not only to the Kingman library but to the library district.

She's done a lot to help develop our public services in the Kingman library.

She did help pioneer our automation projects, and she still has a hand in that because she has devoted time to the development of our Web page."

As branch manager, Musgrave supervised 11.5 full-time-equivalent employees and a library with 53,870 books and other materials.

During her eight-year tenure, Musgrave said she saw growth in services and collections.

"When I first came here, there was no young adult section, and now it is full to capacity," Musgrave said.

Musgrave, 46, said she looks forward to her new job, but she enjoyed working in Kingman and will miss friends she had made.

Besides working in the library, she helped to found the city Cultural Arts Commission and served on the panel from 1996 through 1999.

"I established some roots here," Musgrave said.

"It's going to be tough to leave."

Musgrave said she plans to live temporarily in Tucson with her father, Walt Hartz, and then move to Oro Valley.

She is married to Wels Musgrave, who teaches part time at Mohave Community College, and has a 10-year-old daughter, Katy.