A true friend of the library, veteran staffer named new branch manager
Tim Boyle has been with the Daniel Island library since the day it first opened its doors, more than eight years ago. At the time, he aspired to manage a library at some point in his career. But he could not have predicted his longevity at that particular branch (longer than any of his colleagues there), or how he and the community surrounding that island library would develop a strong mutual fondness. “I hoped to run a branch of my own someday, and so I started taking graduate classes at USC,” Boyle shares. “It was a slow process, but finally I graduated with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science last summer.” Combined with his years of exemplary service as a Berkeley County Library staffer, the advanced degree earned Boyle the opportunity to be named a branch manager. However, there would be a bit of a wait: the manager’s position had just been filled on Daniel Island, as it had at nearby Hanahan and Sangaree branches as well. But Boyle showed quiet fortitude. “I have enjoyed working for BCLS, especially here on the island, so I decided to stick it out a while longer before taking another position,” he explains. Within a year, the manager role opened up once again on Daniel Island. And just last month, much to the delight of the library’s patrons, it was handed to Boyle. The Virginia Beach native also holds a degree in culinary arts, and worked for a time as a chef and sommelier. But as the son of a bookstore owner, Boyle always felt a tug toward the printed word. He began his career with the Berkeley County Library System in the summer of 2006, following a ten-year run managing various Barnes & Noble bookstores. He’d been hired to work at the Daniel Island location, but since construction of it was not yet complete, he spent his first year at the Hanahan branch. Boyle and his family reside in the Old Village area of Mount Pleasant, but over time Daniel Island has naturally become his second home. And the small-town vibe that comes with serving the island community is one that pleasantly calls to mind the days of helping out in his dad’s shops. Today, the new branch head reveals that the manager job requires a bit more in the way of “back-of-the-house” operations: timesheets, receipts, strategic plans. There’s also considerable committee work with other librarians, as well as off-site seminars. But Boyle pledges to still be ever-available for book recommendations and remain a present point of contact. “I will also take over the book collection development, for the adult collection anyway,” he states, “and I’m really looking forward to doing the buying with an ear to what our DI patrons are looking for.” Just as you might expect with any irreplaceable neighborhood resource, Boyle has a knack for remembering his customers’ interests, vocations, past-times, and projects – and has a reputation for offering answers almost before the questions are asked. He’s joked that he’s blessed with a “sticky brain,” but what happens to not adhere is still located quick as a whip. Boyle is a history buff who doesn’t mind devouring tales from the past from an e-reader. And he’s got old school library love, but has also embraced the Internet-ified institution. Clearly, this was a promotion only waiting on good timing. And that it happened is Daniel Island’s good fortune. Please note that effective August 31, the Daniel Island library’s new hours will be Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.