The Tennessee Library Association has passed a resolution honoring State Librarian and Archivist Jeanne Sugg for dedicating her career to improving libraries throughout the state.
Kevin Reynolds, the library association’s president, said: “Jeanne has been a strong advocate for our libraries and her unflagging efforts over many years have resulted not only in libraries in Tennessee becoming better prepared to assist library users, but also have resulted in library users more easily gaining the critical services and resources that libraries provide. Furthermore, under Jeanne’s leadership, we have witnessed increased access to important archival resources, thanks to digitization and other efforts.”
Sugg will retire Jan. 29, capping a 20-year career with the Tennessee State Library and Archives. She has served as the State Library and Archives director since 2005.
Sugg, a Williamson County resident, has been a member of the library association for more than 20 years and served as chair of its technical service roundtable and its special libraries section. She also chaired the exhibits committee for several association conferences. The library association has given Sugg an Honorary Membership Award, a lifetime membership granted in recognition for her service to librarians and libraries throughout the state.
Before launching her career in state government, Sugg spent almost a decade as library coordinator for the Arabian American Oil Company in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. She also worked for various public, school and college libraries in Tennessee, Florida and Puerto Rico earlier in her career.
“I am not at all surprised that the Tennessee Library Association has chosen to recognize Jeanne Sugg in this way,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett, who oversees the State Library and Archives. “Jeanne has done a great job as State Librarian and Archivist and we’re going to miss her. She has made increasing awareness and improving access to the many programs offered at public libraries her life’s work.”
Among other projects she undertook during her career, Sugg fostered the growth of the Tennessee Electronic Library, which puts access to thousands of useful research materials at the fingertips of anyone with access to a computer.
Sugg offered high praise for the librarians she has worked with throughout the state.
“Tennessee’s libraries are the best anywhere,” Sugg said. “Your commitment to providing quality service to your constituents shows in every part of your programs. I have been privileged to be your leader and to brag on your accomplishments everywhere I go during the last few years. My thanks to you for making my job such a pleasure.”
Sugg will be replaced by Charles Sherrill, who will begin work at the State Library and Archives Feb. 5.