Robin Newell, the Executive Director at the Emporia Public Library, has a passion for libraries and the people who frequent them. Her library career spans twenty years in diverse roles in Georgia, Nebraska and Kansas. As a fellow and mentor of the Mountain Plains Library Association Leadership Institute and alumnus of the American Library Association Leadership Institute and the Nebraska Leadership Institute, Newell’s personal service goal is to provide opportunities for library staff to grow leadership skills and encourage engagement in community and professional organizations.
Newell is the Vice President of the Kansas Library Association and Past President of the Nebraska Library Association. She has been actively involved in leadership and community building for over 40 years and is an alumnus of chamber leadership programs in Fremont, York and Sarpy County, Nebraska and Emporia, Kansas where she currently serves as a member of the Leadership Emporia/Step UP! team of facilitators. Newell is the past president of the Papillion, Nebraska and Emporia, Kansas Lions Club and is the vice president of the Emporia Rotary Club.