May 16, 2022

Michael Scott Named Iowa’s New State Librarian

From the State Library of Iowa:

The Iowa Commission of Libraries has announced that Michael Scott will take over the duties as Iowa’s State Librarian on Monday, November 17. Scott is currently based in Rochester, Minnesota, serving with the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating.

Said Commission Chair Dan Boice, “I want to express, on behalf of the Commission, deep appreciation for the outstanding work of the Search Committee, which included Nathan Clark (Emmetsburg and Ruthven Public Libraries), Greg Heid (Des Moines P.L.), Rod Henshaw (Drake University), Jet Kofoot (Iowa Library Services), Larry Marquardt (Commissioner from Des Moines), Tom Martin (Commissioner from Iowa City), Jay Peterson (Iowa Library Services), Nancy Trask (Winterset P.L.), and especially the chair, Dale Vandehaar (Des Moines Public School District). These individuals represented Iowa’s library community well, and I hope that you will express your appreciation to Dale and other committee members for their diligence whenever you have a chance. There were many superb applicants, and the process of studying the materials, conducting telephone interviews, interviewing the candidates in person, and making a final recommendation was a very difficult process.

“I want also to thank Barb Corson who continues to serve as our Interim State Librarian, in addition to her regular duties, with professionalism and grace.

“Finally, I wish to thank you, the members of the Iowa library community, for your support of Barb and the Search Committee through 2014. I know that Michael will be welcomed and impressed by the people who make our libraries – of all types – such outstanding resources for all Iowans”

See Also: Michael Scott’s LinkedIn Page

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