May 16, 2022

Montana Has a New State Librarian

From the Montana State Library:

Jennie Stapp, the current Digital Library Director and Chief Information Officer at the Montana State Library, was named the new Montana State Librarian after an extensive national search. Stapp was one of three finalists for the position.

“Jennie is the consummate librarian professional, but her skills go beyond that,” said Don Allen, Chairman of the Montana State Library Commission, which conducted interviews for the State Librarian position. “She’s also exceedingly intelligent and visionary – a true leader who will take library services across Montana to a new level in this age of information and digitization.”

Prior to serving as the Montana State Library’s Digital Library Director and Chief Information Officer, Stapp held various positions at the Montana State Library, including state publications content specialist, cataloging and metadata specialist, and the Montana Shared Catalog technical assistant. She has also worked in other libraries and served in the Peace Corps. She holds a Master’s of Library Science from the University of Arizona.

“I am honored and humbled to be named the new Montana State Librarian,” said Stapp. “Because of our amazing and dedicated staff, the Montana State Library is recognized nationally as a leader in finding innovative solutions to library services. I look forward to expanding my work at the State Library and continuing our longstanding tradition of excellence and innovation.”

Stapp replaces Darlene Staffeldt who retired as Montana State Librarian in September. The Montana State Library has a budget of $9.7 million with 46 employees.

Direct to Montana State Library Web Site


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