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Moving on: Miller says farewell

Today is last day on job for Ennis Public Library’s John Miller
After today the smiling face behind the reference desk at the Ennis Public Library won’t be John Miller’s.
The young man has accepted a position in technical services at Mansfield Public Library, and today is his last day on the job in Ennis.
Miller, who joined the Ennis Public Library in 2002, said the six years he has spent working with fellow staffers and serving patrons has been an enjoyable experience.
“I’ve worked with great people and I’ve learned a lot,” Miller said. “I’ve seen how a city works on the inside, from city hall to the departments themselves.”
He said he has appreciated the opportunities that have come his way as a librarian in Ennis.
Apart from his role in the reference department he has worked as an archivist, assisting in collection cataloguing and database storage of historical memorabilia donated to the library by the Ennis Heritage Society.
“Working at a smaller library you get to do different projects,” he said. “You don’t get pigeonholed.”
He said although working in a larger facility is something he looks forward to, Miller admitted it won’t have the same intimate atmosphere he has enjoyed in Ennis.
“I will miss working with the people here,” he said.
And the people will miss him, too.
Library patron Kathleen Pratt said she wishes Miller well: “We’ll miss him but onward and upward!”
Coworkers have the same supportive attitude.
“John has been a constant and reliable help to all patrons who have required his services whether it be a reference question or technical advice concerning the computers,” said Children’s Services Assistant Karen Witte. “The patrons at the Ennis Public Library wish him the best as he pursues a new opportunity.”
Staffer Michael Sibley said Miller will be a hard act to follow.
“John is very knowledgeable about the workings of a library and he has a lot of great ideas,” he said. “John has been an asset to our library and I wish him well in his new position.”
Miller told the Ennis Daily News he has respect for his profession but he sees it less idealistically than he once did.
Graduating with his masters of library science from Texas Women’s University at Denton in the spring before he was hired in Ennis, he said the biggest challenge he has faced is applying a little reality to academic preparation.
“The hardest thing to get used to is the difference between library schooling and real life application,” he said. “It’s funny that you need a degree to stamp books.”
The “hybrid” position awaiting him in Mansfield will involve Miller wearing a variety of new professional hats, from buying books to maintaining computers.
Patrons and coworkers agree Miller’s new employers will be well served with him on board. They know he will succeed there, and they want him to – it’s just they hate to say goodbye.
A farewell reception for Miller takes place this afternoon between 3-5 p.m. at the facility located at 501 W. Ennis Ave.
EDN Staff Writer Matt Cook contributed to this report.

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