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Lisa Stamm to lead Westchester Library system

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The Westchester Public Library has a new director--Lisa Stamm.

Stamm was selected by a hiring committee under the guidance of Interim Director Phil Baugher. She succeeds Leea Yelich, who moved on earlier this year after serving two and a half years.

Stamm grew up in Bloomington and is coming to the WPL from Indianapolis. She holds a Master of Library Science from Indiana University, where she was the recipient of a Career Transitions Executive Leadership Program scholarship from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program allowed her to spend her last semester of graduate school as a resident at the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. During this residency, she honed skills in grant writing and fundraising.

Stamm has experience working as a reference and outreach librarian for blind and disabled library patrons, an acting branch manager at a multi-branch public library, and an assistant director for a standalone public library. She came to library work from a corporate job and recalled that she would often retreat to a nearby library on her lunch break. On one of those days, she had a memorable conversation with two librarians and had a realization. “Suddenly, I stopped walking in the middle of the sidewalk, and said to myself, ‘That's what I want to do! I want to do what they're doing,’" Stamm said.

Stamm told the Chesterton Tribune that her goals for the WPL as director are to continue what she dubbed “superb service” already in place and examine ways to expand, enhance, and modify current services to better fit the Duneland community. “Each community is different, and what works in some libraries doesn't work so well in others. The key is to ask and listen to the community about what it is they would like the library to provide and try to make that happen in accordance with the overarching library mission and vision,” she said.

She said it’s difficult to choose, but her favorite books are "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami, "The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz, and "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.

Stamm reported that she can barely wait to start Monday, April 2 and had only good things to say about her experience with the WPL so far. “Every single person I've encountered, both inside and outside of the Westchester Public Library, has been incredibly welcoming, friendly, and professional. It's not always simple to move from one city to another, but the helpfulness, warmth, and insider tips from everyone I've met and been working with so far has made it a bright and happy transition.”



Posted 3/26/2018







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