Colleen Eggett, who has served as the director of the American Fork Library since 2015, has been appointed as the new state librarian for Utah.
Eggett will serve as the director of the Utah State Library, which provides grants, professional development, and other services to public libraries throughout the state. Prior to working at American Fork, she worked for the Utah State Library for 16 years, nine with Continuing Education and Resources, and seven with the Library Program for the Blind and Disabled. She also worked for Primary Children’s Medical Center and the Salt Lake County Library System.
Eggett has a Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Family and Consumer Studies from the University of Utah. She is married to Terry Eggett and has six children and several grandchildren.
“For libraries to stay relevant in today’s world, we need vision, we need focus, we need collaboration, and we need a knowledge that we’re not alone,” Eggett said. “It’s all about connection. I’m excited to work with library leaders and staff on the fundamental goal of improving society through literacy and reading, even as we adapt to shifting mediums and formats.”
Along with grants and services, the Utah State Library runs the Bookmobile program that contracts with 11 counties. The division has the largest braille collection in the world and distributes braille, audiobooks, and large print materials for the blind and disabled to 22 states, and full services to Alaska and Wyoming.
The previous director, Donna Jones Morris, retired at the end of 2017. She had served as the state librarian and division director for 14 years.