Eva Poole, currently chief of staff with the District of Columbia Public Library, has been named director of the Virginia Beach Public Library. She will start Aug. 16.
Poole spent most of her career in Denton, Texas, where she was library director from 1993 to 2012. She joined the District of Columbia library in 2012. She is past president of the Public Library Association, a 9,000-member national organization that promotes the advancement of public libraries. She holds a master’s degree in library science from Texas Woman’s University.
She will succeed Marcy Sims, who is retiring after 42 years with the city.
“Virginia Beach has been very fortunate to have Marcy’s talents for so many decades,” City Manager James K. Spore said. “Over the years, Marcy has turned a small, local library system into a first-class regional resource. I look forward to Eva continuing Marcy’s legacy.”
On Aug. 17, the Virginia Beach Public Library will open its newest facility – a joint library built and operated with Tidewater Community College. The new, 125,000 square foot Joint Use Library will be open to all Virginia Beach residents, and students, faculty and staff at TCC. It is located at Rosemont Road and Faculty Boulevard, on the TCC Virginia Beach campus.