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New Library Director Named

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The Board of Trustees of the Wilder Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Randall Szott will be our new Library Director. Randall has many talents, which made him an outstanding choice for the post.

Randall is a writer, chef and former merchant mariner. He has an MFA in Art Critical Practices, an MA in Creative Arts, and an interdisciplinary BA with a minor in philosophy. He has given presentations at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California College of the Arts, the University of Houston, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee among others. His writing, commentary and interviews have been published and cited widely including the recent books Say It While You Still Mean It: Conversations on Art and Practice, and Public Servants Art and the Crisis of the Common Good. The exhibition and event series he co-organized was selected as “Best Apartment Gallery” by Chicago Magazine in 2010.  He recently was invited to participate in a three week National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute: “Space, Place and the Humanities.”

Randall was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee, chaired by Linda Saarnijoki, and comprised of Donna Bonang, Carrie Chalmers, Deborah Granquist, Barbara Lloyd and Joanne Prouty.

Linda said “We thank all of the many persons who applied for the position, and we were overwhelmed with the qualifications, experience and enthusiasm of the candidates. Ultimately the committee concluded that Randall’s unique background will serve our library and our community well.” The Board of Trustees agreed and Randall was unanimously appointed.

Board Chair Deborah Granquist, said “Randall is an inspired choice. We see his talents adding positively to the improvements and programs at the Library that have taken place under the leadership of our previous Library Directors – starting with Carolyn Mullett and followed by Kerri MacLaury and most recently Amanda Merk.”

Deborah continued: “Randall has a love of libraries and learning and he will bring new programs and ideas to the Library. He recognizes that libraries are no longer just collections of books; they are places for the community to come together and learn and grow.  The Library Board of Trustees is very enthusiastic about his ideas for developing the potential of the Wilder Memorial Library as a cultural and community touchstone for Weston and the surrounding area.

Randall lives with his wife, Pamela Fraser, an artist and professor at the University of Vermont, and their twelve year old son, Oliver, in Barnard.

Randall’s first day at the Library will be November 15th. Please join the Board in welcoming Randall to Weston and to the Wilder Memorial Library.

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