Joel Tucker, Library Director
What We Do
We provide open, non-judgmental access to collections and services without regard to race, citizenship, age, educational level, economic status, religion, or any other qualifications or conditions. The library is to serve the total community by providing free and open access to the ideas and information available on all subjects and in all formats. We select and make available materials for the enlightenment, cultural enrichment and enjoyment of its public of all ages, levels of abilities and interest. Also, we advocate and support the First Amendment Rights[get-extapp-icons app=”extlink”] and the Library Bill of Rights[get-extapp-icons app=”extlink”], and protect library materials from censorship.
The Washington County Library System provides staff, collections, physical and virtual spaces that promote ideas, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen communities. Our objectives are:
- Provide collections and services to meet community needs and interests
- Promote the Washington County Library System, the Utah State Library, and all library services available in the state
- Promote the awareness and use of library resources, services, and programs
- Develop and maintain working relationships with other libraries and with cultural, educational, social, and informational agencies
- Attract and develop a high-quality staff with special skills, knowledge, and abilities to help library users
- Create an environment which motivates staff to achieve high levels of performance, productivity, and professional development
- Exercise prudence in the utilization of human, financial, and physical resources
- Utilize appropriate technologies to maintain and improve library operations and services
- Provide and maintain clean, open, and welcoming facilities
Though not a Utah native, Joel Tucker received in-depth leadership training through the ROTC[get-extapp-icons app=”extlink”] program at the University of Utah[get-extapp-icons app=”extlink”], and commissioned as a personnel officer in the United States Air Force[get-extapp-icons app=”extlink”] in 2004. While in the Air Force, Joel served as a section commander for various organizations with up to 800 personnel, where he was recognized with various officer awards, three achievement medals, and the meritorious service medal. After serving in the United States Air Force for 6 years, he separated to join Washington County in the HR department. He served for 2.5 years in that role, assisting in employee relations, investigations, wellness, and other HR responsibilities.
In June 2013, based on his effectiveness within his HR role, and based on his military leadership experience, Joel was appointed to serve as the library director. His goal was to aid in bringing the library together as a team and developing a quality service environment. Focused on innovation and customer service, he strives to develop the library into a source of information and entertainment to the residents of Washington County.
Joel received a Bachelor’s of Art degree in English from the University of Utah in 2004, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the American Public University System[get-extapp-icons app=”extlink”] in 2009. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Management through the University of Phoenix[get-extapp-icons app=”extlink”], and serves in various capacities on several boards. He has a wife and three beautiful daughters, and is happy to call Washington County home.