Mississippi Mills Public Library welcomes new CEO/Chief Librarian

June 29, 2018 by

CrowThe Mississippi Mills Public Library Board has formally confirmed the hiring of Ms. Christine Row (pictured) as the library’s new CEO/Chief Librarian. Ms. Row will take up her duties on August 20, 2018. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in such a vibrant and creative community and work place,” said Ms. Row.

Ms. Row, has worked for the Rideau Lakes Public Library since 2005, in positions of increasing responsibility. After completing her Masters of Library and Information Science she was promoted to the position of CEO in 2015.  She is dedicated to the concept of the library as a central community hub and has been involved in the renovation of three branch libraries. She is skilled in strategic planning and devoted to a teamwork approach to library development.

After receiving her BA in Public Relations, Ms. Row worked for eight years in marketing and property assessment before moving to Rideau Lakes Public Library.  Her excellent communication skills are an asset in building connections within the community. “I understand that libraries thrive through great partnerships,” said Ms. Row.

In 2017, Row and her staff received a provincial library award of excellence for developing the MAPsack program in conjunction with several community partners. MAP means Movement and Play. Concerned about kids not spending enough time outdoors, the library developed 40 nature-themed backpacks (MAPsacks) filled with books, activities, gadgets, trail maps and Ontario Parks day passes to inspire families to get active and explore nature. These are available for borrowing at the Mississippi Mills Public Library too!

Ms. Monica Blackburn will assume the duties of acting CEO until Ms. Row begins her new role. Monica will be overseeing all operations, programmes and services at both branches of the library. She will be happy to handle any questions or suggestions during this time period. Call 613-256-1037.

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