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Cortland Free Library Announces New Director


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The Cortland Free Library has announced their new Library Director. The Board of Trustees have named Jessica Magelaner, MLIS of Turner Falls, Massachusetts as the Director of the Cortland Free Library.

A unanimous decision was made by the Board of Trustees during their regular meeting that took place on Tuesday, June 25th. The announcement comes after an over two month national search for a new director after the resignation of Director Jen Graney in early March.

The library says Magelaner’s first day will be on July 1st and will take over the role from interim co-directors Priscilla Berggren-Thomas and Kay Zaharis. Magelaner brings 14 years of experience in librarianship, including 12 years of supervisory/library management experience. She most recently served as the Director of the Orange Public Libraries in Orange Massachusetts since 2016.

“The search committee was impressed with Jessica’s experience, particularly her attention to community needs, collaboration, outreach, and consensus-building. She’s well versed in creating and implementing special projects, overseeing collections, initiating community outreach, and staying up to date with technology. We look forward to welcoming her and know that the community will benefit from her experience with a wide array of programming for all ages and constituencies,”

said Board President, Lauren Mossotti-Kline.

In a release, the Cortland Free Library says Magelaner looks forward to moving to the Cortland area and growing the library’s excellence for the City of Cortland.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to work with a devoted board and a talented staff here in this beautiful historic building. I look forward to serving as your library director, and though there are many challenges facing libraries today, I’m committed to finding solutions together with the Cortland community,” shared Magelaner.

Cortland Free Library Board President, Lauren Mossotti-Kline, thanked both co-directors Berggren-Thomas and Zaharis for their work as the Board of Trustees looked for a replacement for Graney.

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