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New Library Director Heidi M. Daniel Begins at PLYMC
YOUNGSTOWN – On July 18, 2012, Heidi M. Daniel took the helm of PLYMC as its new director. An innovative leader and professional librarian with 11 years of experience working with and managing multiple library locations and system-wide projects, Ms. Daniel is highly qualified to take on the duties of the Director of PLYMC.
She comes to Youngstown from Houston (TX) Public Library, where she has worked since 2005, most recently as Neighborhood Library Team Leader/District Supervisor. In this position, she managed 16 neighborhood libraries and had a hand in developing the vision and direction of Houston PL’s Public Services Division.
She has a history of being progressively given more responsibility in her years at Houston, starting as Assistant Manager and Juvenile Librarian, moving on to Teen Services Coordinator, then Head of Programming and Youth Services, before being promoted to her current position. Prior to joining the Houston Public Library, she was Teen Services Coordinator in the Oklahoma City, OK, Metropolitan Library System.
Ms. Daniel holds a Master of Arts in Library Studies from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, and a Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, IL.
Among her honors, she has been recognized by the Texas Accelerated Library Leadership (TALL Texans) Institute in 2007, and the Beta Phi Mu Honor Society in spring of 2006. She has also been active in the American Library Association, including serving on the Association for Library Services to Children’s 2008 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award committee.
Asked what would be her first priority when she begins her new job as Library Director, Ms. Daniel said, “My first priority is getting to know the library and the community: its people, its issues, its strengths and areas of improvement. I want to learn what’s taking place in Youngstown and Mahoning County. I want to know what the residents are like and what their dreams, needs and wants are. I want to explore the library system and I look forward to getting to know the library’s staff.”
Ms. Daniel says, “I have a variety of experience working with a large library system and am eager to bring new ideas and innovations to Youngstown.” Blending work and service with her personal life, Ms. Daniel is a devoted mother to two young children, as well as being an active community member.
“I believe an organization goes from good to great when it has vision based on the community it serves, when it implements the vision in innovative ways and when the staff clearly understands and joins in those organizational visions, goals and strategic plans,” she says.
The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) at a special meeting on June 11, 2012, unanimously voted to accept the recommendation of the Library Director Search Committee and appoint Ms.. Daniel of Sugar Land, Texas, to the position of Library Director. Ms. Daniel was hired at a starting salary of $110,000.
Members of the Search Committee were:Dr. David Ritchie, Trustee president; plus Trustees Alex Benyo, Delores Crawford and Kathryn Bennett; Library Director Carlton Sears; Library Assistant Director Mary Pullin; Library Human Resource Director Ruth Bradshaw; and community member Joyce Brooks, who has actively participated in sessions of Library Strategic Planning, including the current Library 2011 plan.
For information, contact Janet S. Loew, Library Communications and Public Relations Director, 330.744.8636, ext. 51620, or 330.740.6088 (direct line) or 330.509.0548 (cell).