South Carolina's State Library director and a distinguished alumnus and member of the Board of Visitors of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed director of library Services at The Citadel. David S. Goble (MSLS '94), a 1969 graduate of The Citadel, will direct library services at the Daniel Library beginning July 1.
As the director of the South Carolina State Library for the past five years, Goble has guided the state agency through significant budget and staffing cuts while optimizing resources and investment along with library services. He managed a budget in excess of $14.1 million and implemented a statewide workforce development program, which enabled public libraries to help South Carolinians find employment.
“David Goble’s work as our state librarian has been very impressive,” said Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college. “We are excited about the energy and expertise he will bring to the Daniel Library. Goble understands the changes in the field of library science and he knows that we must embrace the importance of technology in this area.”
As a cadet, Goble was the regimental commander in his senior year. He also was commander of the Summerall Guards silent drill platoon and a member of the President’s Advisory Committee. Upon graduation, Goble was commissioned in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam.
“The constant thread running through my professional career is innovation and leadership. The Citadel was the formative experience of my life and the Honor Code the ethical foundation of all my actions,” Goble said. “The Citadel and my experience as a captain in the Marine Corps taught me the essence of leadership and the fact that it requires intellectual discipline and stamina.”
"The Citadel is fortunate to have David to direct the Library as the field of information science and librarianship changes at such a rapid pace," said Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor. "His incredible understanding of the profession, strong leadership skills, professional experiences, his academic successes at SILS and the training and familiarity he has with the Citadel can only be a win/win situation for all. Congratulations to David and to The Citadel as he begins this next chapter of his career."
Goble spent 18 years in the banking industry before entering the library services field. Before becoming director of the South Carolina State Library, he was dean of libraries at Central Piedmont Community College. He has also held positions at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library and at the North Carolina State University Libraries. In addition to his bachelors in English from The Citadel, Goble earned a Master of Arts in American Literature from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.