Garfield County Libraries Name Executive Director

Brett Lear

The Garfield County Libraries are excited to announce that Brett Lear has been appointed as new Executive Director! The Libraries were looking for someone with a proven track record of success at the helm of libraries like ours, and believe Lear is a perfect match.

Lear has over 30 years of library experience, having begun his career at the New York Public Library in front-line customer service. He holds a Masters in Library Science (MLS) from Florida State University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Sonoma State University in California. He comes to us with over six years of director experience in two separate multi-branch systems which are structured similarly to our own. Most recently, Lear began a consulting firm where he has worked closely with libraries around the state of California.

“As a small business owner I feel fortunate to be able to hire someone with the experience and qualifications Brett possesses,” said Library Board member Monica Miller. “The fact that he holds both an MLS and an Executive MBA means the library will serve our community with strong values and with sound business principles.”

Lear is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) and has served on national committees such as the Services to Adults Committee and the Library Services to the Spanish Speaking Committee. He is a past chair of the NorthNet Library System, a cooperative of over 50 library systems in Northern California. Additionally, he has authored a first and second edition of “Adult Programs in the Library.”

“Brett stood out during the interview process as a leader in the library world,” said Library Board President Todd Anderson. Board Member Sandi Kister added, “he has vision for libraries and understands how to move a district in the direction of the future.”

Brett, his wife Marjorie, and their five-year-old son Wade are all looking forward to beginning a new chapter of their lives in Western Colorado. The entire family enjoys hiking, kayaking, and all of the outdoor activities this area has to offer. For Brett, this will be a return to Colorado. He was employed at the Jefferson County Public Library from 1996 to 2008, and often traveled to Garfield County on the weekends.

During the recent interview process, Lear was impressed with the beautiful facilities and quality services provided throughout the six branch libraries. He enjoyed meeting many of the library staff, community, and library board members. He is eager to integrate his family into the community, and stated “I can’t wait to get there!”

Lear will take the helm of the Garfield County Libraries on November 5. Please help us welcome this leader into our community.

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