New librarian takes the reigns

Milaca Community Library librarian Lisa Wagner is excited about her new position and has “all kinds of ideas” moving forward.

Milaca Community Library patrons have been welcoming the new librarian for the past few weeks.

Lisa Wagner’s official first day was May 11, but this being her first head librarian position, she’s still settling into the post. She did have the chance to speak with former Milaca librarian, Sharon Strack, however.

“I’ve had a chance to meet her and ask her how things are going for her in St. Cloud,” Wagner said. “It’s funny, because we’ve kind of traded places.”

Wagner worked at the St. Cloud public library while she searched for a head librarian position. Her first job was stocking shelves at St. Benedict where she attended college.

“It was while I was working there that I realized library work would be something I would enjoy,” she said. “And, of course, I’ve always been a library patron. I’ve had a card since I was a baby.”

But with majors in history and Spanish, this revelation meant Wagner would need more education.

“Then I realized a lot of librarian positions required a masters,” she said.

She enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her master’s degree in librarian research. And she did it in just little more than one year.

“When you’re doing something that you really enjoy, it makes it so much easier,” she said.

That hard work has paid off in a new career that Wagner thoroughly loves.

“There are a lot of aspects [that I like]. I enjoy chatting with people, helping them find books and use different library technologies,” she said. “And I get to learn every day because people will come in with a question that I don’t know the answer to, so I get to research those answers.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, June 21 print edition of the Times.