Has served in acting role since February
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2016) — Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Terry Manuel, a 24-year employee with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), as the new state librarian and commissioner of KDLA. Manuel has been acting state librarian/commissioner since February.
A native of Prestonsburg, Manuel went from dropping out of high school in his senior year to earning a GED, bachelor’s degrees in history and sociology, a master’s degree in library science and a law degree. He is currently working on his doctorate in public administration from Capella University.
Manuel’s interest in pursuing a career with libraries was sparked when he was assigned to the library at Alice Lloyd College as part of the school’s work-study program. He transferred to Pikeville College and earned his bachelor’s degrees in 1984.
His first professional library job was 30 years ago as the outreach librarian and bookmobile driver for Floyd County Public Library in Prestonsburg. He was promoted to library director in 1986 and earned his master’s degree in library science from the University of Kentucky during that time.
Manuel’s move to Wyoming State Library in 1989 introduced him to library advocacy and administration. He returned to Kentucky in 1992 and joined KDLA as a regional consultant and earned a master’s degree in law from Champlain College in 2011.
During his career with KDLA, Manuel has served in a wide range of positions in the Program Development Branch, including manager of the unit from 2007-2014. He also assisted library districts with cutting-edge technology issues such as the technology/E-Rate consultant, and provided managerial and technical support to districts in eastern Kentucky as a regional library consultant.
As state librarian, Manuel will be responsible for assisting 120 local public libraries in library development and management statewide, as well as for preservation of public records in Kentucky.
Currently, the State Archives hold 110,000 cubic feet of permanent public records dating from 1780 to the present, and 230,714 cubic feet of state and local temporary records in the State Records Center. The permanent record holdings include invaluable documents, such as letters signed by President Abraham Lincoln, a deed signed by Patrick Henry, archival drawings and plans of the state capitol building, and governors’ records going back to Gov. Isaac Shelby.
In 2012, Manuel received the Outstanding Public Library Services Award from the Kentucky Public Library Association.
Manuel lives in Anderson County with his wife, Lonormi. They have two children and seven grandchildren.