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Date:
September 18, 2008
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


BEUTLER NAMES LIBRARY VETERAN LEACH AS NEW DIRECTOR

Mayor Chris Beutler today announced his appointment of Pat Leach as Director of Lincoln City Libraries effective Monday, September 22. Leach has worked full-time in the City library system since 1981 and has served as Youth Services Supervisor since 1997. She will follow Carol Connor, who retired this month after 30 years as Library Director. The Mayor said Leach’s passion, experience and vision will help move the library system forward.

“Pat knows that libraries go beyond four walls,” Beutler said. “She understands the role of technology in modern libraries and the need for 24-hour virtual services. She will provide the management skills and budget oversight needed to continue our tradition of outstanding library services.”

Leach, began her career with Lincoln City Libraries in 1979 when she worked as a part-time assistant as a college student. In 1981, she started full-time as an assistant and served as South Branch Supervisor, Circulation and Youth Services Librarian and Acting Public Services Supervisor before taking her current position. As Youth Services Supervisor, Leach plans programming and creates collections for young people and is part of the library’s management team.

“A great city deserves a great library, and I’m proud of the role that libraries play in upholding literacy, providing equal access to information and enriching people's lives,” Leach said. “I am truly honored by my selection. I know that great people work for Lincoln City Libraries, and together, we’ll make the most of the opportunities on the horizon.”

Leach has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois. She has been a book reviewer for the Lincoln Journal Star and the School Library Journal and has made many presentations at State reading and library associations.

Beutler thanked members of the hiring committee who worked on the selection process. Four members of the committee were chosen by the Mayor and four were chosen by the Library Board. The appointment requires City Council approval.

Leach will earn $92,000 a year.

Hennen’s American Public Library ratings ranked Lincoln City Libraries in the top seven in its population category for 2004, 2005 and 2006. (No rankings were made in 2007, and the 2008 rankings are not yet available.) More information on the Lincoln City Libraries is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: library).


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