Six years ago I first interviewed John Tuggle.
He was brand new in his role as executive director of the Shreve Memorial Library with its dozen full-time and nine part-time branches wonderfully spread throughout Caddo Parish.
Since then much has changed:
- That interview was in Tuggle’s office at the main branch in downtown Shreveport. Today he and other operations staffers are housed at a “support service center” in south Shreveport, a move that was underway when he assumed his job.
- Libraries have navigated the pandemic, with growth in virtual programming and online offerings. Public health uncertainties may continue, but don’t think your local library is sleeping. Services are headed forward.
- “Culture wars” have become a challenge for the publishing industry and libraries, working to meet reader demands. Just as we have different tastes in books we read, we also have…