Those who have already met the new Cayman Islands Public Library Services Director, Kaumi Claire ‘KC’ Williams-Cockfield, won’t soon forget her bright smile, enthusiasm and go-getter attitude.
A career librarian and educator, her enthusiasms for her field and conviction that libraries can make a positive difference in the quality of people’s lives, is evident.
“I love what I do and know I am going to really enjoy the opportunity to do what I love here in the Cayman Islands,” she said.
“Ultimately, libraries are about the people they serve,” Mrs. Williams-Cockfield said. “I hope to lead the growth and development of the public library system into a vibrant, responsive institution and to build community relationships between businesses, organisations, residents and visitors.”
Appointed on 17 May, she said accepting the position gave her a “fantastic opportunity to experience a variety of cultures and people.”
She added, “I have been in Cayman for almost three months and I am already a better person for my experiences here. I am excited to join a very capable team who have ensured that Cayman’s public libraries continued to move forward over the past two years.”
Education Minister Rolston Anglin welcomed Mrs. Williams-Cockfield to his Ministry’s team saying, “We’re happy to have KC with us. Her background and qualifications maker her an asset to our library system as we bolster efforts to promote reading and literacy within the Cayman community and move our library services into the 21st Century.”
From Southern Mississippi, Mrs. Williams-Cockfield brings a wealth of experience in library management, information technology and training skills to Cayman’s library system.
Her career has included stints as systems director for the Sevier County Public Library system in Tennessee, as well as technology programme coordinator for the Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium in Mississippi and library director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast community College in Gautier.
Mrs. Williams-Cockfield holds a Master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a class AA Media Teaching License, also from Mississippi. She is a member of the American Library Association and plans to transfer her Sevierville Rotary and Lions Club memberships to the Cayman Islands.