Thursday, June 24, 2021

New director named at Plymouth District Library

Shauna Anderson
Shauna Anderson has been named as the new director at the Plymouth District Library.

Anderson was selected from a broad field of candidates following an extensive search by the Plymouth District Library Board of Trustees, with assistance from Mortimore Consulting.  Final interviews were conducted at a special public meeting of members of the library board on June 6 and Anderson chosen to fill the position left vacant with the retirement earlier this month of former library Director Carol Souchock.  

Anderson most recently served as the Assistant Director of Taylor Community Library where she set the vision for public services and experiences to enrich the community. As the former Supervisor of Young Adult Services at Skokie Public Library in Skokie, IL, Anderson spearheaded the use of restorative practices in public libraries, built out the framework for an all-ages experiential learning lab, and re-imagined services that vastly increased library participation for young people, library officials said.

Board members said that Anderson's diverse background in education, technology, and community development and her belief that strong public libraries are at the heart of close-knit communities influenced their decision. 

They said that she is committed to building on established library practices to provide learning experiences that are social, participatory, interest-driven, and relevant for people of all ages and backgrounds. That effort, board members said, depends on cultivating an empowered team of staff who find joy in their work and seek out meaningful connections with patrons.

Anderson holds an MSi from the University of Michigan School of Information with a double-specialization in Library Science and Community Informatics.

Library patrons may remember Anderson, as she formerly served as a Teen Services Librarian at the Plymouth District Library.