The Anderson County Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Annie Sutton as the new director of the Anderson County Library System, beginning May 1. Annie has worked as the assistant director since January 2020.
“I’m very pleased that Ms. Sutton has been named director of the Anderson County Library,” says Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. “I know of her commitment to our community, to all the people in our community. She is following a legend, but I feel she may become one in her own right.”
Annie Sutton began her career with the Anderson County Library System in 2006. She established the Gambrell Teen Room and became the first teen librarian for ACLS. Annie then worked as the branch manager for the Powdersville Library, one of the largest and fastest growing libraries in Anderson County, before becoming the head of access services for the library system. Over her 15-year career with ACLS, she has led the library system to new initiatives and improvements, overseeing major branch library renovations and a reworking of the Anderson Main Library for improved access and accessibility.
“She will do a great job,” says Library Board of Trustees member Chris Huff. “I got to know Annie when she managed the Powdersville Library, and she was always great to talk with, when she had the time. Plus she’s a dog lover!”
In 2019, Annie received the Outstanding Librarian award from the South Carolina Library Association for her work and contributions to ACLS and librarianship. While Annie is instrumental in leading large initiatives and events like Community Reads and How-To Fairs, she is also comfortable kicking back and listening to discussions at Brews and Books, a book club sponsored jointly by ACLS and Carolina Bauernhaus Ales.
“I love looking at creative and innovative ways the can Library serve our patrons, whether that’s partnerships with local businesses, circulating unconventional items, like seeds and fishing poles, or simply providing high-quality literacy programs like storytime,” Annie says. “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead a great team and to find new ways to reach our community.”
The Anderson County Library System serves residents of all ages in Anderson County at the Main Library in the city of Anderson, eight library branches, a bookmobile, and the digital library. The System’s staff and board are committed to freedom of access for all, offering a forum for ideas. For more information, visit www.AndersonLibrary.org.
After 13 years of leading the Anderson County Library System, Faith Line will retire as director at the end of April.
Faith began her public library career with the Pickens County Library System. She served as the director of the Sumter County Library for 21 years before becoming the director of the Anderson County Library System in 2007, after Carl Stone’s retirement.
“We been very fortunate to have had Faith heading up one of our most indispensable community assets. She has led the way for the Anderson Library System as it embraced the opportunities of this new century, all the while understanding and nurturing the institution’s role as a repository for our community heritage. As a library patron and a friend, I thank her for her service and wish her best wishes for what lies ahead,” says Rusty Burns, Anderson County Administrator.
Under Faith’s leadership, the Library System joined the SCLends consortium, which she helped found, to provide increased access to books and materials for library patrons. She has overseen the expansion of library services including the beginning of eBook lending, which has now grown to include eBooks, digital audiobooks, streaming content, and even online classes. The Library has also expanded to circulate fishing poles, learning tablets for children, seeds through the Seed Library, alongside the books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines.
Faith has always focused on keeping the Library relevant to the community and meeting the needs of the people of Anderson County. She has overseen remodeling projects for six of the county’s nine library branches, as well as the establishment of the Gambrell Teen Room and the Electric City Creative makerspace at the Anderson Main Library. She expanded programming for all ages, particularly with the Library’s annual Summer Reading program and past events such as the Electric City ComiCon and How-To Fair.
“We have been extremely fortunate to have Faith as the director of the Anderson County Library System,” says Julie Hart, Library Board of Trustees chair. “Her focus has always been on providing what the library patrons and staff need now and in the future.”
She received the Outstanding Librarian award from the South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) in 1993, and in 2019 was inducted into the SCLA Hall of Fame. In 2018, the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce awarded her the Athena Award for professional excellence, community service, and actively assisting women in professional excellence. Under her tenure, the Anderson County Library System was named the best library system in South Carolina, earning a proclamation from Anderson County Council.
Her service and sense of community extends beyond the Library as well. She has volunteered and served on the boards of the Alston-Wilkes Society, First Steps, Foothills Alliance, Anderson Chamber of Commerce, and Anderson University Lifelong Learning. She has been a community impact volunteer with United Way for over 10 years, including support of the Snack Pack program and literacy-based initiatives, and a member of the Rotary Club of Anderson since 2013.
Assistant Director Annie Sutton will serve as the Interim Director and the Library Board of Trustees will begin the search for a new library director.