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New Job for Miss Sarah

April 27, 2012

In case you missed the buzz on Twitter and elsewhere, I have a new job!  Starting officially on May 1st, I will be the Director for the San Rafael Public Library!

I’ve worked as the Assistant Director since February 2011, and as the Acting Director since November.  I am thrilled to have been selected from a pool of extremely qualified candidates.  It’s the town I’ve lived in for over 8 years, and I stayed here even when it meant commuting 1:45 each way to San Jose for work.  I  love San Rafael and am honored to be able to serve as Library Director.   We have an extraordinarily dedicated staff and our support groups (Friends, Board, and Foundation) care about this library tremendously.  I am lucky to have such a great group of people to work with!

You can read more about the new job in the story in our local paper.

If any directors have advice for a newbie, please pass it on!  My ears are wide open!

“New Job for Miss Sarah”

  1. Roy Tennant Says:

    Congratulations, Sarah! I can’t wait to see what you do for San Rafael Public. Wishing you all the best from your neighboring county to the north!

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  3. Linda Nelson Says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I have been a loyal reader of Librarian in Black for years and I have grown to respect your opinions and count on your advice. I felt I wanted to say congratulations! You will do a great job in your new position. It is well deserved!

  4. Linda in NE Says:

    Congratulations!! Always enjoy reading your blog.

  5. Tiffany Says:

    Congratulations! As someone who hopes to be in a similar position one day, I look forward to your words of wisdom!

  6. Junie Says:

    Congratulations! I was lucky enough to meet you at the Hawaii Library Association conference in 2009. Love your blog and your work!

  7. Marsha Says:

    Congrats, Sarah! You are such an inspiration to this MLIS student!

  8. Daniel Messer Says:

    A new job for Miss Sarah > Two Mules for Sister Sarah

    Congratulations! You’re going to make awesome things happen, I know it!

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  11. Laura K Says:

    Congratulations! I know you’ll be a real asset for them. Here’s to forward thinking, brave leaders like you.

  12. Don Says:

    Congratulations … great to see enthusiasm and talent being rewarded. Don’t let management make you TOO politically correct!

  13. LynneW Says:

    Congratulations, Sarah!!! I too have been a loyal reader for several years and am consistently impressed with your commitment to quality service. My advice: keep your mission statement and your service population always in mind, and your initiatives stand a good chance of succeeding. I’m not a director, but have observed several at close range and those who were successful were always conscious of those two aspects. The rest will sort itself out over time.

  14. Blue Mountain Bistro Says:

    We follow your blog – and we are so happy for you!! Congratulations on both the new job AND all the extra time you will not have to use up sitting in the car on the way to work!

  15. John Says:

    Congratulations, Sarah!

  16. Tom Stough Says:

    Belated congratulations to you on your promotion!

  17. Winnie Says:

    LIB aka Sarah, on LinkedIn I saw a job for Director of County Library Services for Marin County. You probably already got a job posting, but wanted to point out to you.

  18. Sarah Says:

    Thanks Winnie. I did see it. The job is for the county library system that is in the same consortium my library is in. I am sure they will get some great candidates.

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