Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Middletown Library Director Appointed

Last night the Middltown Public Library Board of Trustees appointed a new Director. Thank you to the candidates who applied. I'm sure that it was a difficult choice. Thanks to all the dedicated trustees who persevered & did their job despite the slings & arrows of outrageous fortune aimed at them. They deserved better and I applaud them.

The name of the new director is James Knowlton. He will be starting at the end of July.

News Release

For Release Upon Receipt
July 9, 2007
Contact: John W. Grisham
Tel: (401) 273-8200

The Middletown Public Library Board of Trustees Monday night named James K. Knowlton as its new Library Director. Mr. Knowlton, a current resident of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, will begin his duties on July 23.
Mr. Knowlton is currently serving as Director of Woods Memorial Library and Museum in Barre, Massachusetts, having previously acted as Department Head for Circulation (Adult Services) in the Fall River Public Library System.
Mr. Knowlton succeeds Robert L. Balliot, who resigned last Nov. 30 after a nearly eight-year tenure. Since that time, Assistant Director Barbara Camadeco has served as the Library’s acting director.
“We interviewed several well-qualified applicants for the position,” said John W. Grisham, the chairman of the Library’s Board of Trustees. “Mr. Knowlton’s background and experience are truly impressive, and we anticipate that he will bring the Library to the next level of excellence.”
Mr. Knowlton received his master’s degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State University, and is a graduate of Harvard’s Academic Library Leadership Institute. He is also the holder of master’s degrees in divinity and sacred theology from Yale Divinity School, and in business administration from the University of New Haven.

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