By JOE LoTEMPLIO
---- — PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh has a new library director.
Anne de la Chappelle was chosen by the Plattsburgh Public Library Board of Trustees to fill the position last held by Stanley Ransom, who retired last year.
Russell Puschak was appointed interim director by the board.
A native of Westport, de la Chappelle was the electronic-services and emerging-technologies librarian at Clinton Community College. She also has served as a visiting librarian at SUNY Plattsburgh and is a former director for the Westport Library Association.
Board of Trustees Vice President Sally McSweeney said de la Chappelle’s expertise in emerging technologies will help move the library forward.
“We are very lucky to have her,” she told city councilors at a recent meeting.
The salary for de la Chappelle will be $57,500 and will move to $60,000 after the first year, pending a successful evaluation, according to City Chamberlain Richard Marks.
She will begin work May 6.
“The library needs to reach out more to cultural, educational, business and civic organizations around the city in order to become a more integral part of downtown life,” de la Chappelle told the Press-Republican.
“We need to develop a vision for the future that will ensure that we are relevant and interesting while working with available funding. Both of these initiatives will require some creative thinking from the board, employees, friends, patrons and community members alike.”
Councilor Timothy Carpenter (D-Ward 1), who serves as liaison to the library, said he is confident that de la Chappelle will take the library in the right direction.
“She knows how to deal with people and likes to involve everyone in decision making,” he said.
“I am very happy to have her as the new director.”
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