The Elizabeth Taber Library Board of Trustees’ search committee has selected its new library director who will assume the position by mid-January of the New Year.
Elizabeth Sherry brings to Marion her experience as the Adult Services and Reference Librarian for the Mattapoisett Free Library, where she has worked for eight years.
“While the search committee received a number of great applications, interviewing six in all, we felt Elizabeth had all the talents we were looking for in a library director,” said Jay Pateakos, Trustee President. “She was energetic, a great collaborator, created wonderful programs at Mattapoisett, and much more.”
Sherry embraced technology, Pateakos said, something the search committee appreciated, and and a number of Sherry’s references reported that they would intentionally send people to Elizabeth to help their patrons with technology issues.
“That was huge for the search committee,” said Pateakos.
The search committee was comprised of the Trustees president and vice president, a former library employee, and three long-time townspeople and library patrons.
“Above all else, Elizabeth is a listener, likely the best attribute a library director can have, whether it be with the staff or the patrons – most likely both,” Pateakos said. “We look forward to her beginning her Elizabeth Taber Library career on January 14and carving her own path here.”
Sherry has a BA in English with a Minor in Comparative Literature from UMass Amherst, and earned her Masters in Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management at Simmons University.
“During my time as Reference and Adult Services Librarian at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, I have committed myself to connecting patrons with innovative services and creating a welcoming environment that combines a modern attitude towards library science with a traditional and personal customer service experience,” says Sherry. “As a resident of the tri-town, I am eager to continue to serve my community as the Director of the Elizabeth Taber Library.”
By Jean Perry