MLA Featured Library Employee — Debby Byron

Meet our newest Featured Library Employee for the Missouri Library Association, Debby Byron!

What is your name, your library, and your role at the library?

Debby Byron

Jefferson County Library

As the Assistant Director for Business & Finance, I am responsible for all things financial and human resources related.

What originally got you interested in working at a library?

I have always harbored a strong sense of community and knew that after earning my BSBA, I wanted a job that was essential to my community, i.e., hospital, school district, library.  As a child utilizing the Carondelet Branch of the St. Louis Public Library, I came to realize just how important libraries are to our communities.  A job posting for a Secretary/Bookkeeper with the Jefferson County Library District was the first that I came across and the rest is history.

What keeps you coming back every day?

Library work is challenging and never boring!  My coworkers are awesome!

What’s challenging about your work?

JCL’s staff desire to provide the best library experience for our patrons from the entire spectrum of services, materials, programming, and beyond.  It can be challenging to keep all this enthusiasm at bay to stay within budget. Preparing for the Annual Audit and annual filings of a myriad of required reports are also challenging and time consuming.

Has your work made you either curious, or passionate, or awestruck about something?

I am passionate about the Freedom to Read!

Who is one of your mentors?

My Aunt Kathy, who waited until her children were grown to pursue her dream of becoming a renowned high school gifted English teacher.

What book, author, artist, show, or music are you engaging with this week, either personally or professionally? Persuade us in one or two sentences that we should pick this up, too.

Even though I am not a Best Seller List reader, the lengthy holds list at my library for, Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, piqued my interest and so I took the plunge!  I recently finished this novel and was sad to see it end.  Where the Crawdads Sing is set in the southeastern part of the country and gives readers a strong female character, mystery, suspense, romance, and a peek at local wildlife.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

It has been my privilege and honor to serve the patrons and community of the Jefferson County Library District for the past 31 years.


Would you like to nominate someone to be our next Featured Library Employee?  Examples could be:

…a new employee you’d like to introduce

…someone with a unique job or on a unique career path

…an employee you find inspirational

…a coworker whose gifts you wish were more widely known

…someone who’s “an institution” full of interesting stories

…a role that has a new focus or is reaching a new audience

…someone you’d like to make more visible to potential employers

Submit name(s) and contact information, along with place of employment, to Shannon Mawhiney at  We’ll do all the work of contacting; we just need you to connect us!