Director Robert Harden

Director Robert Harden

Robert Harden was born and raised in Sumter, SC, and attended Sumter schools including Sumter High School.  He obtained a BA degree in English/History and a Masters of Library Science from the University of South Carolina.  Employed at the Sumter County Library since 1980, he has held several positions, including part-time general assistant (1980-1982), Acquisitions Clerk (1982-1988), Technical Services Librarian (1988-2000), Assistant Director (2000-2007), and Director (2007-present.)

He is a member of the American Library Association, South Carolina Library Association, South Carolina Association of Public Library Administrators, and the Sumter Human Resources Management Association.  His goal for the Sumter County Library system is to be an active part of the Sumter community, providing a variety of services, including storytime, computer classes, film series, and other educational and entertainment programs to enrich the lives of the citizens of Sumter County. 

He is married to Cicely and his hobbies include reading, travel and running.  In addition to competing in the library’s own Forrest Ray 5k, he competes on weekends at races around the state, including the Cooper River Bridge Run.

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