Brief: deJongh Names Native Crucian Head of Libraries

March 23, 2008 — Gov. John deJongh Jr. has appointed St. Croix native Ingrid A. Bough as territorial director of libraries, archives and museums. The appointment took effect March 12.
Bough, an attorney, returns home to St. Croix and the Virgin Islands after serving for 20 years at the Library of Congress in the Performing Arts Division of the U.S. Copyright Office. She holds degrees from Howard University, University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law.
In making the appointment, deJongh said that given her record of performance and accomplishment at the Library of Congress, Bough’s initiatives should take the territory’s libraries to a new level. "The libraries in both districts are valuable research tools and information centers for all our residents. We have begun modernizing the process with our new mobile libraries, but that is only the first step in increasing public awareness about the important role a library plays to a community," he said.
In 2002, Bough conducted the Library of Congress’ first known overview of archival and library holdings in the territory during a two-week assignment. In addition to her work at the Library of Congress, Bough is a trustee of the Children’s Rights Council; served as an appointed member of the Maryland Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Domestic Violence task force; and is a member of the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists.

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