Ellen Williams of Payne began her duties as the new director of the Paulding County Carnegie Llibrary system on July 29.
Ellen Williams of Payne began her duties as the new director of the Paulding County Carnegie Llibrary system on July 29.

PAULDING – The Paulding County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees announced Monday that a new director of the library system has been hired.

The board hired Ellen Williams of Payne effective July 29 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former director Susan Pieper this spring.

In a press release, the board said Williams brings 18 years of Ohio public school library service to Paulding County Carnegie Library.

Thirteen years of service was as the district librarian at Paulding Exempted Village Schools followed by three years as district librarian at Defiance City Schools.

Williams also has one year of experience as a media specialist with Fort Wayne Community Schools, as well as two years of service as a business and technology reference librarian with Allen County Indiana Public Library System.

Williams has an master of library science degree, is licensed as a State of Ohio certified Library Media Specialist and has a bachelor’s degree in business.

Also, Williams possesses an Ohio teaching license. She is an Ohio Department of Education Master Teacher.

Williams is also a certified purchasing manager through the National Association of Purchasing Management.

The professional organizations that Williams has membership with in Ohio include OELMA (Ohio Educational Library Media Organization) and INFOhio, an Ohio preK-12 digital library, where she serves as a board member and member of the executive committee.

The skill base that Williams brings to the library includes: managing collections, negotiation, technology instruction and electronic database navigation proficiency. She is passionate about instilling a love of reading by helping patrons find the books, or materials, that they need or want.

The director position will allow her to reach a more extensive user base and she looks forward to serving the residents of Paulding County.

The board conducted a nationwide job search during the past seven months before selecting Williams.