In August 2018, Brenda Miner will celebrate her 23rd year anniversary as a member of the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain family. For many years, she worked in TRiO secondary and post-secondary programs including; Educational Opportunity Center, Upward Bound, and Talent Search. She currently serves as the Director of Library Services and her office is located in the Johnson Learning Commons.
She began her career at UA Rich Mountain in 1995 and was hired by former RMCC President, Mr. Bill Abernathy to work in TRiO’s Talent Search Program. Miner worked for three different TRiO Programs from 1995 – 2014 and shares great memories she gained from working with first-generation students and their families as well as the school districts served in the Ouachita Mountain Region by the TRiO programs.
Her current position as Director of Library Services provides a wealth of experiences in working with students and community members. The Johnson Learning Commons (JLC) is housed in the Spencer Building on the main campus in Mena and is located in the “nucleus” of the campus. The JLC includes the original St. John Library collection with the traditional print materials for check out but it also offers services including; open computer lab, remote and in-house access to databases and the catalog, access to study rooms, laptops and Chromebooks available for checkout while using the library facility, and access to archival materials. The mission of JLC is to support the academic offerings at UA Rich Mountain through the access to databases and by offering special displays and programs as well as assistance. JLC provides a user-friendly environment for patrons to study, improve their computer skills, and most importantly, learn how to do academic research. The JLC hours of operation are posted on the College’s website and Facebook page.
Miner also serves as the Ouachita Mountains Regional Librarian, serving the Polk County Library, rural branch libraries of Polk County, and the Montgomery County Library. With the collaborative partnership between the county libraries and the Johnson Learning Commons, Miner has coordinated “Author Talks & Book Signing” events such as the one hosted in April 2018 for New York Times Best Selling List and featured author for Arkansas’ Good Reads Program, Lisa Wingate.
“If someone would have told my high school self that I would have such an incredible job working with such incredible people, I’m not sure I would have believed it. I love what I do. Every morning, I park my car where I face Rich Mountain, I walk toward the building with the sun rising over the pond, and I think, “Not only am I thankful for my job, but where I live in such a beautiful part of the state”, stated Miner.
Brenda is a proud alumna of Acorn High School. Her post-secondary career includes; attending Rich Mountain Community College, obtaining a B.S.E. and M.S.E. from Henderson State University, and M.L.I.S. from University of Oklahoma.
Brenda enjoys reading but despite what people may think, she has not read all of the books in the library. She and her husband, Johnny have a daughter, LeAnn and son-in-law Ryan Ray of Mena and a son, Evan Miner of Rogers. She also enjoys serving her community and church. As a member of Cherry Hill Methodist Church, she serves in children’s ministry and loves witnessing the spiritual growth of the children to adulthood. She serves on community boards that include the Polk County Single Parent Scholarship Board, where she helps with fundraising and administering scholarships to single parents in Polk County who are pursuing higher educational goals as well as the Quality of Life Board of Directors, helping with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library which provides 1 book per month to child from birth until age 5. Serving each of these community projects has proven to be very rewarding, both personally and professionally.
Come by campus and meet Brenda Miner, Director of Library Services at UA Rich Mountain! #jointhetradition