Richard Conroy Selected As Library Director

May 27, 2008

The Essex Library Association’s Board of Trustees has named Richard Conroy as the Director of the Library.

Mr. Conroy, who begins work in Essex on June 16th, most recently served as Head of Information Technology Services at the Stratford Public Library. He was previously employed as the Head of Adult Services and Reference Librarian at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. Mary Fiorelli, Director at Old Lyme, praised Mr. Conroy for his “strong leadership skills, project management experience, excellent librarianship and ability to work with all constituencies in a small town environment.”

Educated in Connecticut, Mr. Conroy holds Master of Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University, an M.A. in American Studies from Trinity College and a B.A. in English from Central Connecticut State University. He came to library science later in life after a wide-ranging career that included owning and running a B&B in Maine, managing warehouse operations for a wholesale wine and spirits distributor and managing operations for a trucking company. Mr. Conroy also served as a Board member and Chairperson on the Portland, CT Board of Education from 1995-1999.

The new director was picked from a pool of more than thirty applicants in a nationwide search that lasted nearly four months. “We were impressed by Richard’s enthusiasm for the profession, his tact and his amiability.” said Search Committee co-chair and Board Vice President Stephanie Degen-Monroe. Hans Ullstein, Chair of the Personnel Committee and co-chair of the search committee added that “We think Richard has the right mix of skills to lead the library at this stage in its development.” The Search Committee also included Trustee and President of the Friends of the Essex Library Janice Atkeson, , Trustees Maureen Heher and Casey O’Brien, and former Trustees William Chatman and Edward Castner. Michael Hammond, President of the Board of Trustees, applauded the work of the Search Committee. “They were a very cohesive group and very thorough in their deliberations. They’ve made an excellent choice.”

Please come meet Mr. Conroy at the Library on Wednesday, June 18th from 5:30-8p.m.