For Immediate Release
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, President, Falmouth Memorial Library Board of Trustees
Date: May 9, 2012
JACKSON-DARLING APPOINTED NEW DIRECTOR OF FALMOUTH LIBRARY
Public will be invited to a garden reception to welcome her to her new position
Falmouth, Maine—The Board of Trustees of the Falmouth Memorial Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Andi Jackson-Darling, the current president of the Maine Library Association and assistant director of the Falmouth Memorial Library, as Library Director. She begins her new role June 1, 2012.
The library underwent a six-month transition process involving interviewing hundreds of community members and library staff to determine what the vision should be for the library and to identify the leadership skillsets needed to reach that vision. That information was used to draft a vision statement and to revise the job description of the library director.
“The past several months have been a time for introspection, renewal, and growth at the library, and we believe that the transition process has been an overall positive experience for the organization,” said Julie Rabinowitz, president of the Board of Trustees. “We have emerged with a clear vision of what we—as a board, a staff, and a community—want to see in Falmouth’s library. In light of this work, we are excited that Andi has agreed to take on this challenge, and we look forward to working with her.”
The selection of Ms. Jackson-Darling to head the library is the culmination of the search process, chaired by board vice-president David Segre, which involved a review of dozens of candidates from across the country. Her familiarity with Falmouth, her previous position as director of the Camden Library, and her current leadership of the Maine Library Association were strengths of her application, as well as her continuous drive to develop as a professional and share her learning and insights with the staff. In particular, her leadership at the state level on issues related to the future of libraries and the use of technology in libraries will help Falmouth move toward reaching the vision set forth this winter by the Board of Trustees.
“Libraries have the ability to transform lives. Who wouldn’t love this job?” said Jackson-Darling, adding, “I am very excited to have this opportunity to work with a great staff and community.” Jackson-Darling holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Maine in Media Studies and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. In addition to serving as the current president of the Maine Library Association, she serves as vice chair of the Southern Maine Library District Board and is a member of the District Liaison Committee. She has worked as the assistant director/reference librarian at the Falmouth Memorial Library since September 2006 and was previously the director of the Camden Public Library.
The public will be invited to welcome Ms. Jackson-Darling to her new position at a garden reception in June. More information about that event will be made available on the library’s new website, www.FalmouthMemorialLibrary.org.
Andi Jackson-Darling, current president of the Maine Library Association, has been appointed library director at the Falmouth Memorial Library.