January 23, 2022

Randy Riley Named Michigan’s New State Librarian

From the From the Michigan Dept. of Education:

Randy Riley has been selected as the next State Librarian, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced. Riley, who has been the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) coordinator, will succeed Nancy Robertson, who is retiring April 30th after almost a decade in that role.

Riley is a librarian’s librarian, according to State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, with 24 years of varied experience at the Library of Michigan (LM), where he coordinated Michigan’s Notable Books program and Center for the Book, plus MeL.

“While we are sad to see Nancy retire, I am happy that Nancy’s work as State Librarian will be followed so well by such a veteran of library sciences as Randy,” Flanagan said. “Randy has a tremendous amount of experience in reading programs, which is a good fit for the Michigan Department of Education’s priorities that include increasing reading proficiency by the end of third grade, and obtaining books for needy children through the MDE Culture of Reading program.”


“Being selected as State Librarian is a humbling experience,” Riley said, “and I look forward to steering the Library of Michigan toward new levels of innovative services, programs and technologies.”

Before joining LM in October of 1989, Riley did substitute teaching at schools in Ionia and Montcalm counties and taught history and social studies at the Valley School in Swartz Creek.

Outgoing State Librarian Nancy Robertson has served in that role since 2005.

See Also: Interview with retiring Michigan State Librarian, Nancy Robertson (via MCLS)

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