Meet Our Staff

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    Rosanna McGinnis

    Library Director

    Library Director, Rosanna McGinnis, oversees and directs library operations.  The position is responsible for supervising staff, establishing long range plans, developing policy and procedures, creating and managing library programs, writing grants, accounting functions including budgets, building and grounds maintenance, public relations and reporting.  McGinnis has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montevallo and a master’s in library and information studies from the University of Alabama. She has been working in the field for eight years. McGinnis’ favorite thing about her job is the opportunity to connect people with the resources they need. When McGinnis is not at the library, she enjoys reading and her favorite hobby is sleeping. 

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    Laurie Hackney

    Assistant Director

    Laurie Hackney received a BBA in Management from the University of Montevallo in 2005. She followed that up with an MLIS from the University of Alabama in 2007. After spending her early library days as a page, she tried on a lot of hats before blending her two degrees as the Assistant Director here in Opelika. Her first love are her two pets Bezi and MJ, but she also enjoys crocheting and weight lifting.

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    Anita Burton

    Adult Specialist

    Anita has been employed with the City of Opelika for 29 years. She began working at the Opelika Police Department in 1988 as a Communications Operator and quickly realized that hardback books were a lot more appealing than hardened criminals. In 1989 she began working at the Library as a Library Assistant and in 1997 became the Circulation Specialist making the transition to Adult Services Specialist in 2021. She is currently married to Charlie Burton and together they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren who they simply adore. If you ever want to know how to or how not to get away with murder, she is your girl because true crime novels are her specialty.

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    Tim Cooper

    Children's Specialist

    Tim has been a part of the library staff since 2007 as Children’s Librarian. He spends his time in the children’s room telling stories or planning the next great children’s program. Helping the young patron find the right book to energize the imagination or engaging a young person in a program makes his work day complete. Technology doesn’t scare him, so learning new skills in computer science is a dare he will accept. If being a geek was a super power, according to his wife, he would be a super hero. Tim is married to his best friend, Cassie.

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    Diane Kindred-Heard

    Library Assistant III

    Diane Kindred-Heard is not only the longest-serving library employee, she is also the longest-serving City of Opelika employee. She has served many roles in the library, but is currently happy to help you in patron services.

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    Karin Lindemann

    Library Assistant III

    Karin Lindemann has worked at the library since May of 1990. She has held various positions over the years and is currently enjoying serving in the patron services department. She can frequently be found in the Genealogy Room where she also helps patrons with their quest for ancestral knowledge. She is an avid reader and also does some crocheting, beading, and cross-stitching in her spare time.

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    Tracsen Hinz

    Library Assistant III

    Tracsen began working at the library part-time in the Children's area during the summer of 2011. In January 2014, she was promoted to full-time as a part of the Processing/Cataloging team and enjoys her work behind the scenes. 

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    James LaComb

    Library Assistant II

    James was born and raised in New Jersey, before moving to Alabama in 2015. He has worked at the library since November of 2015. In May 2020, he graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Public and Professional Writing and is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Alabama.

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    Spenser Keel

    Library Assistant I

    Spenser is a reader, writer, actress, and more in her spare time. She graduated from Auburn in 2014 with a degree in English Literature with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance/Early Modern Studies. She married her husband, Brody, in 2016 and they both enjoy country life on their small farm. Settling into married life (with far too many dogs), she worked as a library assistant at the Columbus Public Library before joining the library team in January of 2018.

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    Janie Phillips-Ingram

    Library Assistant I

    Janie is a Library Assistant I in Youth Services at Opelika Public Library. She received her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University in 2002. She worked as a Preschool Teacher for several years. When she isn't working at the library, she spends her time working in the garden and on the farm with her family. 

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    Malisa Hanson

    Youth Specialist