With the passing of former Logan County Public Librarian Linda Kompanik earlier in the year, much sadness has surrounded the educational institution which offers so much to so many different people. Her passing has left some very large shoes to fill, and her absence will be felt for years to come. However, if Linda could have expressed before her passing the one she felt would most certainly be up to the task of running the library now that she is gone, it would be her good friend and library employee King Simpson. Apparently the board of Logan County Public Library agrees, as it recently named Simpson as the new director.
Simpson, who worked under Kompanik for years, says he learned so much from her along the way. He considers Kompanik his “mentor,” and expressed that she was the one who actually put him on his path to where he is today at the library. he said Kompanik saw things in people they never saw in themselves and pushed them to pursue the best they could be.
“Linda meant so much to me. I have learned a great deal from her over the years, but most importantly I have learned how important the library is to a community. Linda was my mentor. Her passion for the library was unmeasured. I will try my hardest to give back to the community what Linda gave though her never-ending dedication,” said Simpson.
King has worked as a library employee for 11 years in various roles and he followed Kompanik learning everything he could from her. He says her passion was unbelievable and her determination unstoppable.
When Kompanik passed away, Simpson was placed as acting director. The board reviewed several applicants over the past month before choosing King as director based on his experience, library dedication, local connections, and staff relationships.
The position will be filled with many monumental tasks such as opening the highly anticipated new building in February of 2014. King is eager to begin a new chapter in the library’s history and is excited to be able to offer the community a highly advanced and efficient library experience.
“I am so very honored to serve as director of the Logan County Public Library. With our excellent staff and board of trustees, and with a new library facility opening in a couple of months, I doubt there’s ever been a more exciting time to be leading the library,” said Simpson.
Simpson is a 2002 graduate of Russellville High School and a graduate of Western Kentucky University. He earned his Bachelors degree in Business Management with a Minor in Economics. He is currently seeking his Masters degree in Library Information from the University of Kentucky. He is the son of Jimmy and Patricia Simpson and the husband of Taylor Simpson. The couple has a two-year-old son, Ian.