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Hartland Library Board hires new director

The Cromaine District Library has a new director.

Sarah Neidert, was officially hired by the library’s Board of Trustees at their meeting on Sept. 28. Neidert, who has been Head of Collections and Public Relations for the past six years at the Brighton District Library, will begin her new role as Hartland’s library director on October 31.

Sarah Neidert

According to a press release, a search and selection process began this summer after Mallorie DeVilbiss, who led the Library for two and a half years, departed for a new position as  Director of the Suburban Library Cooperative in Sterling Heights.

“The Board of Trustees is excited to have Sarah join Cromaine’s staff,” said Library Board President Holly Naylor. “We look forward to working with her as she brings her experience and ideas to lead the Cultural Center of Hartland into the future.”

Neidert completed her bachelor’s degree at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York and master’s degree in History from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Since 2009, she has held positions at the Brighton District Library serving as Head of Technology Services and as Web Librarian before  becoming Head of Collections and Public Relations. She began her public library career as a librarian at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham.

“I am excited to serve the Hartland community as the next Director of the Cromaine District Library,” said Neidert. “I look forward to working with the staff and trustees to build upon what has already been accomplished to continue to enhance, develop, and deliver innovative and relevant library services and programs for the patrons served by the Cromaine District Library.”

In addition to overseeing the library staff, budget, collection, and more, the release states that Neidert will respond to community needs and changes for the 29,700 residents that the Library serves.

“I believe a library is the heart of a community, providing a wide range of resources and services that fulfill the educational, informational, and recreational needs of area residents,” said Neidert. “Libraries are an integral part of a community’s success, providing opportunities for lifelong learning and cultural enrichment for all.”

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