St. Thomas Public Library, August 29, 2016 – St. Thomas Public Library Board is pleased to announce that Heather Robinson has been appointed CEO/Chief Librarian, effective November 1, 2016.
After a comprehensive search, including applications from across Canada, Greg Grondin, Board Chair said, “I feel confident that Heather is the perfect choice to lead St. Thomas Public Library into the future, to develop a library that will accommodate the changing needs and service priorities for our community.”
“I think Heather is a treasure.” said Councillor Joan Rymal, a member of the Library Board’s hiring committee. “We are lucky to have a CEO with such passion and vision.”
“St. Thomas Public Library has been an integral part of my life for the past 18 years,” said Heather Robinson. “I’ve watched it evolve into the dynamic, forward-thinking, customer-centred place that it is today. So to have the opportunity to be the next CEO is an honour indeed. I embrace the opportunity to work with such a responsive Board and staff to continue to nurture a Library that is the hub of its community and a beacon to the City of St. Thomas.”
Heather graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1989, and worked as a children’s librarian in the City of York and in Kingston before starting with St. Thomas Public Library as Children’s Librarian in November 1997.
In 2004, Heather was recognized by her colleagues and peers by receiving the Ontario Public Library Association Children’s Librarian of the Year award.
Currently Public Services Librarian, she has served in several positions at STPL, notably as Revitalization Project Coordinator in 2011 during which time she spearheaded the complete redesign of the library’s interior, particularly in the John and Dorothy Palmer Youth Library, which now offers a variety of literacy activities and educational games. This Revitalization created a bright airy modern facility with a wide range of user-friendly spaces including study rooms, cozy seating nooks and program spaces.
The experience gained in spearheading the Revitalization project will be valuable in 2017, as the Library Board will be looking at another expansion, supported by a donation from the estate of Mary Ann Neely.