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FFL's Board of Trustees Names New Executive Director
Long-Time Employee Heather Matzel takes the helm of local public library
Photo: Heather Matzel leads storytime for a room of families at Fayetteville Free Library
April 16, 2019
Fayetteville Free Library’s Board of Trustees has named Heather Matzel as the library’s new Executive Director.
Matzel, a 4th generation resident of the village of Fayetteville, has been an employee of the library for 15 years. Starting as a circulation clerk in 2004, she became a full-time librarian in 2006 after completing her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. Matzel has since worked as a children’s librarian at the FFL, and is known by many local families who have attended her storytimes over the years as “Miss Heather.”
What these families may not realize is that, in addition to her love of picture books and fostering early literacy skills development in children, “Miss Heather” has also served in an administrative capacity for many years as the library’s Director of Patron Services. Upon the departure of the library’s previous Executive Director last July, Matzel stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director.
“Taking on leadership roles at the library is something I’ve been honored to do,” says Matzel. “I truly love this library and community, and my goal is to continue to lead us forward in meeting the community’s needs.”
The Fayetteville Free Library’s Board of Trustees engaged in an extensive search process in their effort to select the most qualified candidate for the Executive Director position. “The position attracted a great number of high quality candidates from diverse regions and backgrounds,” says Randi Ludwig, Co-President of the FFL Board of Trustees. “After several rounds of rigorous interviews, it became clear to the hiring committee that Miss Matzel was the best and most qualified person to lead the library forward as a thriving community center.”
Matzel welcomes questions, conversations, and feedback, and hopes to connect with many new community groups and individuals as she begins her tenure as Executive Director. To share your thoughts and input, please visit www.fflib.org/feedback or contact the library at (315) 637-6374.
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About the FFL Board of Trustees
The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) is chartered by the NYS Education Department as a Free Association Library. Therefore, the library is governed by a member board comprised of individuals who reside within the community it is chartered to serve, as determined by the NYS Education Department. Members are selected via a 2011 Board developed and approved Strategic Board Development Process.
FFL holds regular Board meetings to conduct the business of the FFL. The Public is invited to attend and make comments during the Public Comment portion of the Board agenda.
|Randi Ludwig, Co-President||David Wheeler, Co-President|
|Term Expires: April 2020||Term Expires: April 2020|
|Sarah Pralle, Secretary||Pat Curtin, Treasurer|
|Term Expires: April 2020||Term Expires: June 2020|
|Betsy Bowser, Trustee||David Pasinski, Trustee||Keith Bybee, Trustee|
|Term Expires: February 2021||Term Expires: February 2021||Term Expires: October 2019|
If you are interested in receiving more information on serving on the FFL Board of Trustees, please forward a brief letter of interest to : firstname.lastname@example.org
All meet at 5:15 PM unless otherwise noted.
*Free association libraries are required to meet four times a year