Mid-Continent Public Library Director and CEO Steven V. Potter was honored by the College of Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia and received a Citation of Merit for Outstanding Achievement.
He was nominated by the school for his work to expand education opportunities for library constituents by providing library and information services in a variety of settings, according to a press release.
“One of the most important elements in any community is a great educational institution that also encourages civic involvement,” Potter said. “You can’t have that without great libraries.”
Potter has worked to create a more informed and educated community where the need for libraries is key to its success. Over the years, Potter has authored MCPL’s first website, modernized the library’s digital collection and served as professor for MU’s School of Library and Information Technology.
Potter has led the library system’s plans of increasing public access to innovation, information, ideas and inspiration.
“As long as there is a need for people to have high-quality content, there is a need for libraries,” he said.
The Smithville branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is at 120 Richardston St.