The City of Wichita today announced Jaime Prothro as the new Director of Libraries for the Wichita Public Library.
The Director of Libraries oversees operations and personnel for the entire Wichita Public Library system, which is comprised of the central Advanced Learning Library and six branch libraries.
Prothro comes to the position after the retirement of former Director of Libraries Cynthia Berner in September, 2020. Prothro returns to Wichita after serving as the Customer Experience Director with the Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, WA. Prior to that role, she served as the Evergreen Branch Manager and later the Customer Service Manager with the Wichita Public Library.
"Ms. Prothro's 10 years working for the Wichita Public Library combined with outside leadership experience will be invaluable as we continue to shape our library system to be innovative and responsive to the changing needs of our community," said City Manager Robert Layton.
Prothro holds a Master of Library Studies from Emporia State University and a Bachelor's from Wichita State University. She was the 2011 award winner for the Kansas Library Association Presidential Award for Library Personnel and the 2006 Kansas Library Association award winner for New Professional of the Year.