Williamsburg Regional Library Director to Retire at End of Year

August 12, 2013

The Board of Trustees of the Williamsburg Regional Library has accepted, with deep regret, the resignation of Dr. John A. Moorman from the library’s directorship, effective December 31, 2013. For the past 13 years, Dr. Moorman has spearheaded the library’s sustained excellence, which resulted in a rare four-star, and a unique five-star rating from “Library Journal.”

Under his direction, the library has developed new programs for staff development; enlarged its print, digital, music and video holdings and services; expanded its outreach to preschools, public schools, the homebound and retirement communities; enhanced the summer reading program; initiated teen programming and opened its meeting rooms to a wide variety of community groups. He has skillfully managed two library buildings, a staff of 110 and a budget of over $6 million.

In the past two years he has adroitly fostered new contractual relationships between the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County and laid the groundwork for a new Stryker Center in the City of Williamsburg’s City Square, which will relocate administrative offices and add high-tech meeting rooms to supply the library’s pressing needs.

Dr. Moorman came to Williamsburg in July 2000 with an impressive record of education, experience and professional involvement. He holds a B.A. in political science from Guilford College (1969) and a Master in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill (1972). In 2002 he completed a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

For 39 years he has served the American Library Association in myriad capacities, most recently on the council and executive board. Similarly he has long served the Public Library Association and the Virginia Library Association, the latter as president. He has also taught graduate library classes and consulted widely. His 2006 how-to book, “Running a Small Library,” was based on his broad experience in North Carolina, Texas, Illinois and Virginia, a total of 41 years.

His civic engagements mirror his professional commitments. He is treasurer of the JCC Rotary Club, longtime former board member and president of the Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Program (now Literacy for Life), and a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance.