"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Annie Henderson has served as Head of Access Services here at East Texas Baptist University Mayme Jarrett Library for the past 21 years. Prior to fulfilling her role at Mayme Jarrett Library, she was able to obtain 15 years of library experience working with various ages. During her studies in Professional Office Technology she was also able to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Over the years Ms. Henderson has been fortunate to have served as an active member of the National Baptist Convention, Church Program Committee Director, Financial Church Secretary, Vice President of Missions, Assistant Director of Vacation Bible School, and Adult & Children’s Sunday School Teacher. These incredible experiences have provided her with great opportunities to help serve and influence people of all ages. Ms. Henderson's Philosophy on Education has grown stronger each year as she encounters young people through library services. Most of these students are experiencing a “first time job” experience with her; so her focus is to create a positive learning environment with the student workers who are entrusted with her guidance, teaching, and training. She enjoys witnessing growth in these students as they experience the responsibilities of working in the library and as they mature in areas of leadership while serving the public. By example she hopes to teach her student workers about good character, effective work ethic, and enforce the understanding of being a team player. It is her prayer that they leave with seasoned skills and strategies that will be beneficial to them. Over the years working at Marshall Public Library has connected her with many families via public schools, nursing homes, daycare centers, churches and the Harrison County community. Working at ETBU has given her the opportunity to reconnected with those families and allowed her to practice my faith walk even more in hopes to make a difference both socially and spiritually with generations of students. Serving in various roles here at ETBU as a committee member of the Mayme Jarrett Library Mary K. Armstrong Society, ETBU Strike-out for Cancer, a sponsor for Cultural Outreach Ministries, and an Ambassador of the Blue & Gold Fund are all opportunities that have strengthened her faith and the desire to serve as a Christian. Ms. Henderson's most rewarding and challenging aspects of her library position is being that source to help students connect the dots equaling to success. She is devoted to helping students discover more about themselves as they develop into lifelong learners. She feels there is nothing more rewarding than to report to work in a place where you can feel free to talk about the Lord as you teach, train, and counsel. As a pastor’s wife, ETBU’s religious beliefs capture her spirit. She enjoys being a Tiger.