January 2009, Volume 1, Issue 1
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Daria Bossman, new Assistant State Librarian, considers herself a “teacher” at heart. “But my passion is libraries,” she quickly adds. “My first encounter with this ‘first love’ was as a 7th grader when I discovered I could get out of study hall and go to the school library to read ‘all those free books!’ I was in love! Soon I figured out that one could actually work and hang out there before and after school. What a deal! I should have guessed I was a ‘librarian at heart’ at that point.”
Daria came on board at the State Library in late October. A week earlier she and her husband of 36 years, Bill, moved to Pierre from Sioux City, Iowa where they had lived for the past 23 years. The past 15 years Daria was director of the Morningside College Library. The last few years two major remodeling projects and weeding 20% of the collection occupied most of her time and planning.
Daria’s library experiences run the gamut—from public to school to academic libraries. “Just put me in a library—Any library and I am at home and happy,” she added. Daria has also been a public school teacher (in one of her “nine lives”—ah, careers!) “I worked in one large city public school system with a fabulous school media center with two media specialists at one middle school. That was back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth—the early 1970’s. Then we moved to rural Oklahoma, and I taught in a much poorer rural district. Its school library consisted of a large, unheated room full of old dusty books, no budget and no librarian. So I know from first-hand experience what a difference quality facilities, current resources and top-notch librarians make in the lives of our kids.”
“I have an evangelistic passion for libraries which I can’t explain except I know a lot of us in the profession with similar feelings. I was exposed to quality libraries and wonderfully energetic, creative librarians early in my life. They made me a reader even though I was raised in a family basically of non-readers with few books in our home.”
Daria has a bachelor’s degree from Midland Lutheran College in English, history and education, and an MLS from Emporia State University. She has also taken finance and business administration graduate courses from University of Iowa and the University of South Dakota. In her spare time, Daria likes to—guess? —Read! She loves history, biographies and historical fiction and anything about home remodeling (“Yes, I can swing a hammer!”), gardening, wildlife and birds. Oh, yes, she is married to a consummate and dedicated “birder.” Thus, “birding” is a significant part of her shared life with husband, Bill, a lawyer and tribal judge. Good thing they both enjoy hiking and getting out in nature too!
Daria and Bill are the parents of three grown sons and the proud grandparents of a one-year old gorgeous baby girl named Claire Noel who lives with her parents in Omaha. So far Daria and her husband like living in Pierre and are looking forward to spring when they can get out and explore…and start some home remodeling projects. Last but not least they are the “parents” of two very spoiled female dogs named Susie (the old lab) and Cindy, a four–year old Pomeranian/dachshund mix adopted from the Humane Society.