Valerie Darst is no stranger to books in all of their forms. In fact, she has worked at Moberly Area Community College as the Director of Library Services for 27 years. She’s seen the transition from the “card” catalog to the computerized version to now the online edition. She’s lived through the days when you actually picked up a physical book to do research instead of googling or accessing an ebook from a virtual library. And she’s rolled with all of it, learning the new technology as it emerges and bending with the times so to speak. So it would make sense that Darst, with all of her experience and expertise should lead a group of others in the information-sharing business. At a recent meeting of MOBIUS Board of Directors, Darst was elected to a three-year term to serve as Vice President, President and Past President of the organization.
MOBIUS is a library consortium that serves Missouri libraries. Since its founding in July 1998, MOBIUS has transformed library services for the citizens of Missouri. It began as only an academic library network, but grew to include public and special libraries as members. On July 1, 2010, MOBIUS moved from being part of the University of Missouri system to stand alone as a Missouri not-for-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members, the organization has grown from 50 founding charter members to 59 academic libraries, 2 public libraries, and the Missouri State Library. The organization's purpose is to share library materials, information, and services using accessible, cost effective methods. Today, the MOBIUS Union Catalog has expanded to include more than 23 million items, serving over 1.5 million people from the higher education community and the state of Missouri. A courier service delivers library materials to member libraries once per day, five days a week.
This isn’t Darst’s first foray into public service. She has previously served MOBIUS as Treasurer and President, also serving on the Long Range Planning Committee. She has served on the Services to Public Libraries Taskforce and also on the Secretary of State’s Library Advisory Committee.
MACC congratulates Valerie Darst on her recent election and expresses appreciation for her many years of service to students.