David Eckert has been working in the field of librarianship for more than twenty-five years. After completing the Library Science master’s program at Kent State University, he worked for three years as a music reference librarian at Samford University in Birmingham, AL before moving abroad to serve as a school librarian for a pre-k through 12th grade bilingual school in the Dominican Republic. Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Eckert started as a teen librarian in the Camden County Library System in New Jersey and rose to the position of head of youth services. In late 2007, Eckert moved to Jonesboro to take over the position of assistant library director at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, a position he held until becoming the director in July 2013. In January 2022, Mr. Eckert became the director of the Waterloo Public Library in Iowa.