Two Anderson County librarians were honored by the South Carolina Library Association at the annual conference this October. Annie Sutton is the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Librarian Award, and Faith Line is the recipient of the 2019 Hall of Fame Award.
Annie Sutton joined the Anderson County Library System in 2006 as a reference librarian, and soon became ACLS’ first Teen Librarian. Annie moved on to manage the Powdersville Library, one of the largest and fastest growing libraries in Anderson County. In 2014, Annie advanced to her current role as Head of Access Services.
Annie is an outstanding librarian and advocate for the library as an essential community resource and space for all. In the past 5 years, she has led the Library System in many initiatives and improvements: overseeing 2 major library renovations, and a reworking of the Anderson Main Library for improved access and accessibility of our fiction, audio/visual, and magazine collections. Annie established the Jonathan Gambrell Teen Room in 2008 to meet the needs of teens in the community. She is instrumental in leading community events, establishing and growing outreach programs like Brews and Books Book Club and the How-To Fair. Annie goes above and beyond her job in providing essential leadership for major library programs that have brought in 1,000+ people to the library in a single day. Beyond her work as Head of Access Services, Annie is active in the Anderson community, volunteering her time with the United Way, the LOT Project, PAWS, and others.
Faith Line has over 30 years of excellence in library leadership. Faith’s public library career began in Pickens County Library System. She moved on to be Director of Sumter County Library System before becoming Director of the Anderson County Library System in 2007.
Faith’s dedication to the Anderson County Library System as well as improved library access for people across South Carolina deservedly puts her in the South Carolina Library Association Hall of Fame. Faith has been instrumental in establishing the Palmetto Polaris and SCLends consortiums of South Carolina libraries, which create a network of member library systems and greatly expand available books and materials. Currently, Faith is helping create an Upstate cooperative vision of area libraries, including Anderson, Pickens and Oconee County Libraries; TCTC Learning Commons; and Southern Wesleyan, Anderson University, and Clemson University libraries. Faith has overseen the improvement and remodeling of 6 Anderson County Library branches. Most recently, under her leadership Anderson County Library won a Duke Energy Foundation grant for a fishing and water conservation education program, adding fishing equipment to the list of items patrons can check out.
Faith is an active member of the Anderson community, contributing to organizations such as the Alston-Wilkes Society, First Steps, Foothills Alliance, United Way, Anderson Chamber of Commerce, Anderson University Lifelong Learning, and Rotary International. In 2018, she won the Anderson Chamber of Commerce Athena Award for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
On November 5, 2019, Anderson County Council recognized and honored both Annie Sutton and Faith Line for their service and dedication to the Anderson County Library System.
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