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Melanie Huggins is executive director of Richland Library. Prior to this, she was executive director of the Saint Paul Public Library and Children's Librarian for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the board of City Center Partnership and the Public Library Association. She served on the Urban Libraries Council Executive Board from 2012-2016. In 2012, she was named SC Library Association Librarian of the Year. Focused on the future of libraries, Melanie has also served on the IMLS National Task Force to Define 21st Century Skills for Museums and Public Libraries, and in 2015 was recognized internationally by Denmark's Dokk1 on their Wall of Inspiration, which was unveiled during the Next Library Conference. Melanie has a Master of Library Science from the University of South Carolina and a BFA from Winthrop University. She is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Liberty Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.