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New director hired for city library

An Ohio woman will take the helm of Rutland Free Library in August.

The library’s Board of Trustees announced Monday that Abby Noland, executive director of the Preble County District Library System, will take over Aug. 18 as director.

Noland could not be reached for comment Monday, and neither board president Larry Courcelle or search committee chairwoman Joan Gamble could be immediately reached for comment.

Outgoing library director Paula Baker said Noland’s selection enabled her to move up her retirement date, which was originally set for the end of the year.

“I’m really happy someone good is taking over,” Baker said. “If I get a little more free time this summer, that’s fine by me. ... If you find the right person, you stop looking and you want the person to start as soon as possible.”

According to a statement released by the library, Noland has a master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, and a master of divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion. She has worked in northeastern Ohio and Nevada, and “has also been active during this time leading successful efforts in working for services to the visually and hearing impaired.”

The statement said Noland’s husband and two children will join her in the fall.

Baker, who announced her impending retirement earlier this year, also came from Ohio — in her case, the Toledo library system — when she took over Rutland Free Library in 1987.

Board members said after Baker’s announcement that they would conduct a national search for her replacement.

Preble County, in southeastern Ohio, has a population of roughly 42,000.


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