Gina Millsap is the chief executive officer of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. She leads an organization of 200 employees serving a community of 179,000. She served as the director of the Ames (Iowa) Public Library and at the Daniel Boone Regional Library prior to making Kansas her home.
She’s worked in libraries for 40 years and received her Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri, in the previous century. Gina’s degree may be an antique, but her outlook isn’t; she’s been recognized as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and is Past President of the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association. She also ran for (and lost) American Library Association president, so she’s not afraid to take risks and believes “no” means “for now.” Gina presents and writes on a variety of current topics, including community leadership, library advocacy, market segmentation, public library trustee education, 21st century librarianship, process improvement and is an experienced facilitator for library and community groups.
Gina chaired Heartland Visioning, a community-wide strategic planning process, for three years and currently serves on the Implementation Task Force for Momentum 2022 (Heartland Visioning’s successor). She serves on the board of 712 Innovations, the first co-work/makerspace in the state of Kansas. Gina co-chairs the project workgroup for Topeka and Shawnee County Community Broadband Planning Task Force. She also serves on the board of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association and on the board of Lyrasis, a nonprofit organization that provides continuing education and services to the library industry.