FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: JUNE 30, 2011
CONTACT: JUDI SNYDER (772) 219-4964
Martin County Library System gains new director
Library system had been without one for 17 months
Stuart, FL (June 30, 2011) — The Martin County Library System is pleased to announce the appointment of Brett W. Lear to the position of library director. Lear was selected out of a field of candidates from across the country. His first day overseeing the operation of Martin County’s six-branch system was June 29. Judi Snyder has returned to her former position as Associate Director of Public Services after having served as acting director since the retirement of Donna Tunsoy in December 2009.
Brett Lear brings a wealth of experience to the position, coming from Portland, OR, where as Reference, Adult Services and Programming Coordinator at Multnomah County Library he worked closely with directors of the system’s 19 branches to ensure a high standard of public service as well as with collections, budgeting and staffing.
Lear has an MLS degree from the Florida State University School of Library and Information Studies. He wrote a book for ALA (American Library Association) Editions titled Adult Programs in the Library and on his trip down to begin his new position in Stuart gave a presentation on outreach services at ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibit in New Orleans. His personal interests include U.S. and international travel, writing short stories and karate, in which he recently earned a black belt. A complete résumé follows.
To learn more about the Martin County Library System visit the library website, http://library.martin.fl.us, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or call (772) 221-1403.
BRETT W. LEAR
Florida State University, School of Library and Information Studies
MLS, August 1992
University of Florida
Associate of Arts, June 1988
Bachelor of Arts in English/Minor in Secondary Education, August 1990
Multnomah County Library
Ms. Vailey Oehlke, Supervisor
Duties as Reference, Adult Services and Programming Coordinator: the Reference, Programming & Adult Services Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination, support and review of reference, public programming and adult services for the Library to ensure consistent quality. This position works very closely and collaboratively with the Youth Services Director and the directors of the Central Library and Neighborhood Libraries to ensure a high standard of public service across the library system. This position also advises and works closely with the Collections manager and the training department. The Reference, Programming & Adult Services Coordinator participates on the senior management team, contributes to the creation of the library’s strategic plan, and provides highly responsible, complex staff assistance to the Deputy Director and Director. This position plans and monitors the budget for the reference services division, and selects, trains, mentors, and evaluates the personnel within this division. This position also represents the library out in the community and builds and maintains strategic partnerships within the community.
Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood Library
November 1999-November 2008
Mr. Marcellus Turner, Supervisor
Duties as Library Manager: patron assistance; provide overall supervision and direction of library; supervise a staff of 25 professional, paraprofessional, and clerical employees; oversee the expenditure of the operating budget; participate in long-range plans for program and collection development; plan, organize, administer, and coordinate library services; provide for maintenance and upkeep of the library; committee work; oversee the government documents collection housed at the Lakewood Library; select materials in Spanish; chair the library’s Program Steering Committee; serve on the library’s 5-year planning committee; recently collaborated with an architect and a project planner on a $600,000 renovation of the Lakewood Library.
Jefferson County Public Library, Arvada Library
September 1998-October 1999
Ms. Margaret Owens, Supervisor
Duties as Library Manager: patron assistance; provide overall supervision and direction of library; supervise a staff of professional, paraprofessional, and clerical employees; oversee the expenditure of the operating budget; participate in long-range plans for program and collection development; plan, organize, administer, and coordinate library services; provide for maintenance and upkeep of the library; committee work.
Jefferson County Public Library, Villa Library
December 1996-August 1998
Ms. Libby Bergstrom, Supervisor
Duties as Head of Reference/Adult Services: patron assistance; collection development and evaluation; participate in system-wide decision making process for reference and adult services; supervise, hire, and evaluate a staff of five including professional librarians; design and present patron training classes; assume responsibility for the operation of the branch in the absence of the Branch Manager; committee work.
Résumé – Brett W. Lear – page 2
Florida State University, Harold Goldstein Library Science Library
March 1996-October 1996
Ms. Mabel Stafford, Supervisor
Duties as Instructor Librarian/Assistant University Librarian: patron assistance; Department Head; organize, coordinate, and supervise the services and operations of the library and information studies library (Harold Goldstein Library); supervise the organization, maintenance, and circulation of the Library’s collection, including an extensive young adult and children’s collection; work closely with the Dean, faculty, and students of the School of Library and Information Studies to provide the support necessary to further the School’s objectives; supervise one Senior Library Technical Assistant and thirteen Graduate Assistants; organize and maintain the Library’s home page; bibliographic instruction including a three-hour workshop on Netscape; committee work.
New York Public Library, Ottendorfer Branch
November 1995-February 1996
Ms. Victoria Pearlman, Supervisor
Duties as Assistant Branch Librarian: patron assistance; assume responsibility for the operation of the branch in the absence of the Branch Librarian; order and maintain all adult & reference materials; coordinate adult programs; co-lead monthly book discussion group; periodicals selection; maintenance of vertical file; maintain information on community services; write weekly schedules; prepare annual budget and annual report for the Adult & Reference Rooms; committee work.
New York Public Library, Todt Hill-Westerleigh Regional Branch
November 1993-October 1995
Ms. Carol LoBianco, Supervisor
Duties as Senior Adult Librarian: patron assistance; order and maintain all adult materials; coordinate adult programs; co-lead monthly book discussion group; supervise one librarian and one librarian trainee, as well as pages who perform duties in the Adult Room; train new professionals; prepare service reviews; establish new contacts with community agencies and services; prepare annual budget and annual report for the Adult Room; provide electronic reference service via Internet/Netscape; committee work.
New York Public Library, Port Richmond Branch
May 1993-October 1993
Ms. Hishi Velardo, Supervisor
Duties as Adult/Reference Librarian: patron assistance; order all adult and reference materials (both print and non-print as well as periodicals); weed collection; coordinate adult programs; establish new contacts with community agencies and services; oversee the periodical & newspaper subscriptions; provide information retrieval via the ProQuest electronic magazine index.
Experience with facilities design and project planning; have experience and training in strategic planning, problem analysis, and building partnerships; familiar with writing and managing grants via ALA, LSTA, etc; familiar with project planning tools such as Basecamp; familiar with content management systems such as Drupal; familiar with DYNIX and Innovative Interfaces (III) automated circulation systems; familiar with instant messaging (Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, etc.) and social networking sites such as Flickr, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, foursquare, etc.; familiar with searching OCLC database and creating new OCLC records; experience with Access, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience with video recording, editing, and production; slide production experience; created and presented patron training classes on various library services such as the Internet and our library catalog (III); experience participating in state-wide virtual reference services such as AskColorado and L-net; excellent interpersonal skills, including much experience in coaching colleagues in skills acquisition and collaborating with co-workers via committee work; excellent public speaking skills with experience in delivering workshops at national conferences such as PLA; completed training in Effective Reference Performance (ERP), a.k.a. The Maryland Model; excellent verbal & written skills; several years of Spanish study; strong education in math and sciences (Physics, Chemistry, and Calculus).
Résumé – Brett W. Lear – page 3
Wrote a book for ALA Editions entitled Adult Programs in the Library and am currently writing the second edition; member of the American Library Association; advisory board member for H W Wilson’s Public Library Catalog; advisory committee member for ALA’s Center for Public Life; have chaired ALA-RUSA’s Organization and Planning Committee and served on the ALA-RUSA Nominating Committee; elected and served as a Member-at-Large for RSS; past chair of the ALA-RUSA Library Services to the Spanish-Speaking Committee; past chair of the ALA-RUSA Services to Adults Committee; was a panelist on such past PLA programs as “Tag, You’re It!: Implementing a “Person in Charge” Training Program” and “What Have You Done for me Lately? Adult Programming in Public Libraries”; planned and participated in several ALA programs such as “Adult Programming: When You Have to Do It Yourself”, “The Internet: What’s Your Policy?”, and “A Place for Place: The Non-Virtual Library in a Virtual Age ; contributed to the ALA/RASD publication Adult Programming : A Manual for Libraries; at the New York Library Association conferences I participated in a program as a member of a group that conducted a live book discussion for the audience; at these same NYLA conferences I was also a member of the panel which presented New York Public Library’s Best Reference Books of the Year to an audience of about 250 people.
I enjoy writing short stories when time permits, and am currently attempting to get a story published. I enjoy white-water rafting and travel into the Cascades or the Oregon Coast at every opportunity. Recently, I received my black belt in karate (Tang Soo Do). I have traveled extensively throughout the United States, including Hawaii. I love international travel as well. During the past few years I have toured Jordan, Egypt, Thailand, Hong Kong, Morocco, Western Europe, much of Australia, Mexico, Turkey and Greece, Scandinavia, the British Virgin Islands, and Costa Rica. I am a lover of the cinema.