Poudre River Public Library Board of Trustees announced that Holly Carroll, has started her work as the Library District's new Executive Director. The community is invited to welcome Holly at a "Meet and Greet" on Monday, September 21, from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Harmony Library, 4616 S. Shields St.
She comes to us with an enthusiasm for our libraries and our community, an impressive background and list of accomplishments. Carroll is looking forward to getting to know our local partners and advocating for the Library District. She describes herself as being a participatory manager who listens well and respects the talents and skills of those around her.
A longtime library professional, Carroll has a Masters of Library Science as well as a Masters of Public Administration. Most recently she served as Deputy Director at Cleveland Public Library, a system of a main library and 28 branches. During her time in Cleveland she was involved in every facet of library operations including budgeting, policy, ballot initiatives, new construction projects, library technology issues, and advocacy. Prior to her tenure at Cleveland, Carroll was Director of Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, a library of similar size and services as the Poudre River Public Library District. Carroll was also an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University, School of Library and Information Science where she taught classes in library management.
The new Executive Director is eager to serve. "I am very excited about the move to Northern Colorado as Executive Director of Poudre River Public Library District," states Carroll. "The library staff and Board of Trustees gave me a warm welcome and I am impressed with the library facilities, services and the phenomenal support of the public. Poudre River Public Library District presents many opportunities for innovation and growth. My husband and I look forward to being active members of the community," she said.
Her leadership roles at the state and national level are well demonstrated. Carroll is an active member in the American Library Association where she served as Ohio Chapter Councilor and was on numerous committees including the Committee on Legislation. She was recently appointed to the Public Awareness Committee. She was also actively engaged with the Ohio library community and was President of the Ohio Library Association in 2000.
Carroll is articulate and passionate about libraries, approachable, energetic, thoughtful and positive. We are excited about the possibilities ahead and look forward to the new energy and direction she will bring.
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