A young adult from southern Pennsylvania who has six years of experience at college and public libraries has been named the new executive director of the Bradford Area Public Library.
During a special meeting on Monday, the board of trustees appointed Lacey Love to the position, effective Oct. 13. She succeeds Guy Bennett, who resigned in August after being executive director for less than a year.
"Lacey has researched our library early on, which exhibits her leadership abilities," said Chris Minich, chairwoman of the library board of trustees. "What we — as a library and board of trustees want and need — is someone to lead. We have the resources to support and move initiatives forward and we feel our selection of an executive director and librarian is one who knows how to determine the needs of our patrons and what is trending well with public libraries, whereas we can improve our programming and outreach, while developing an ... engaging social media and maximizing our web presence. Lacey is able to articulate well and her fresh — yet experienced — approach to librarianship will invigorate our community."
At the meeting Monday, board trustee Lee Doynow said she was happy to make the motion to hire Love to the position. Seven trustees present voted in favor of the move Monday.
"We're just looking forward to having her on board," said Doynow, who served on the ad hoc committee to find a new executive director.
Love is filling a role that has gone vacant several times in recent years. Bennett took over as executive director on Sept. 19, 2013, replacing Ed Pecht. Pecht assumed the duties as interim director after chief executive officer-president Tamara McIntyre left the library in 2012. The library board of trustees accepted Bennett's resignation on July 25. On Oct. 13, Love will become the executive director.
The library board of trustees said that Love has a broad background in librarianship, since she has worked or volunteered in college and public libraries for the last six years.
Love is a library assistant at the Scott Township Public Library, south of Pittsburgh, a facility that has seven librarians. According to her LinkedIn profile, the position is part-time, and she handles reference questions and technology help, creates displays and more.
In addition, she has also served at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been a student assistant at the Allegheny College Special Collections Room and fiction desk employee at the Meadville Public Library.
Love has a bachelor of arts degree in English and minored in psychology and economics from Allegheny College and has a master's of science degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois.
"Her strong credentials, excellent work ethic and passion for librarianship will provide a great asset to our Bradford Area Public Library and community," said Minich.
The board of trustees conducted the executive director search differently this time around. Members looked at the previous search, pulling resumes and interviewing candidates. The ad hoc committee recommended Love for the position on Monday.
Love will move to Bradford in a few weeks. In the meantime, she will provide consultation in the development of staff.
The non-profit facility is part of the Seneca Library District and serves Bradford, Lewis Run and Bradford, Corydon, Foster and Lafayette townships. The facility on West Washington Street was constructed in 1991.
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