Library director appointed

After a nationwide search, the Okanagan Regional Library board of trustees has named Stephanie Hall as the next executive director.

After a nationwide search, the Okanagan Regional Library board of trustees has named Stephanie Hall as the next executive director.

She will succeed Lesley Dieno who, after 25 years at the helm of the regional library, will be retiring at the end of December.

“Ms. Hall brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to the position and the board looks forward to her endeavours on behalf of the ORL’s future,” said Marilyn Harkness, who headed the library board’s personnel committee.

Carol Zanon, chair of the library board, said the position involves the investment of the financial and cultural interests of the communities within the regional library system.

“The Board recognizes that the new Executive Director must bring many skills that are needed to address the challenges that libraries, staff and trustees face in the new age of internet literacy and changing technologies,” she said.

Ms. Hall is currently the Director of Public Library Planning in Saskatchewan.  She is a graduate of the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto and has 23 years of public library, academic library and special library experience.

Prior to her current role, she was the chief librarian with Powell River Public Library, and then moved to Saskatchewan to become director and CEO of the Chinook Regional Library.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the board and staff of the Okanagan Regional Library,” Hall said. “It’s a well-managed organization, and that makes it a great platform for launching new initiatives.”