Library enthusiast hired for ORL

Stephanie Hall will begin duties as executive director Feb. 1.

Okanagan Regional Library’s search for a new senior administrator is over.

Stephanie Hall will begin duties as executive director Feb. 1. She will take over from Lesley Dieno who is retiring this month after 25 years.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the board and staff of Okanagan Regional Library,” said Hall, who is currently the director of public library planning with the province of Saskatchewan.

“It’s a well-managed organization, and that makes it a great platform for launching new initiatives. I’m interested to learn about what matters most to Okanagan communities about reading, lifelong learning, and libraries, and eager to start work on those priorities.”

Hall was identified during a national hiring process.

“She will bring significant strengths to the position, including a passion for public library services and the positive changes libraries can make in people’s lives, and a well-developed understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing libraries,” said Carol Zanon, board chairperson.

“She is well poised to take over the leadership of the ORL during this pivotal time in the ORL’s evolution.”

Hall is a graduate of the faculty of information studies at the University of Toronto and has 23 years of varied public library, academic library and special library experience.

She was chief librarian in Powell River, B.C. and director of the Chinook Regional Library in Saskatchewan.