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Boise Public Library Board of Trustees Names New Director

 The Boise Public Library Board of Trustees has named Jessica Dorr as the new Library Director. After an extensive nationwide search, Dorr was selected for her experience with global library initiatives and for her commitment to engaging communities in library transformation. The Board of Trustees, in partnership with consultant June Garcia, conducted the search to replace former Director, Kevin Booe, who retired in December of last year.

“The Trustees were pleased to have 26 qualified applicants from 13 states and Canada. Out of that pool, we selected three finalists for panel discussions with Library staff, City leadership, and the community, and input from the panels reflected the high quality of all three candidates,” explained Board President Margo Healy. “The Trustees unanimously selected Jessica Dorr. She brings deep experience and knowledge of trends in library service models. In our interviews she described how she will empower staff to engage with the community to create a shared vision and mission for Boise Public Library in 2020 and beyond. Dorr is a respected administrator, a strategic thinker, and believes in community partnerships to achieve the Library’s mission in the community.”

A long-time champion of public libraries, Dorr spent twenty-two years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supporting and leading the Foundation’s efforts to increase access to information. Most notably, she served as Deputy Director of Global Libraries, a 20-year $1 billion initiative to improve the lives of information-poor individuals and communities while positioning the world’s 320k public libraries as critical assets in development. In this role, she was responsible for strategy setting, team management, and programmatic and financial oversight. Dorr has a BA from Georgetown University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.

“Boise is a vibrant, dynamic city and I am eager to build relationships with the community. I look forward to joining the Library and working with the staff of the Library, the City, and the Board of Trustees to help the Library contribute to the city's goal of creating a place that is equitable, safe, and thriving for everyone," said Dorr. She will officially assume the role of Library Director on November 30.

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