Randy Newman


  • BS Psychology, University of Memphis
  • Computer Animation, Art Institute of Dallas


  • Since 1998: Computer Systems Specialist, Mississippi County Library Systems


  • Mississippi County Literacy Council Board
  • Main Street Blytheville Board
  • Blytheville Lion's Club Board
  • Blytheville Leadership Institute, Committee Member


I have been with the library for almost 20 years. I have seen how important literacy is, not only for reading and education, but also for simple tasks such as filling out a job application online. One of our goals as a library is to encourage people to read more and provide services that can affect lives in a positive way.

The Mississippi County Literacy Council is valuable because of the trend of businesses switching to online applications for jobs. Without those fundamental literacy skills, the computer application process becomes a nearly impossible task for some individuals.