JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 22, 2017 — The Board of Library Trustees on May 11 voted to appoint Deputy Director for Public Services Jennifer Giltrop to be the interim director of the Jacksonville Public Library, effective July 1, 2017, following the retirement of Director Barbara A. B. Gubbin. Board Chair Ronnie King said Giltrop is the right person to ensure a smooth transition.
“Jennifer has a proven track record as deputy director of the library,” King said. “The Board has full confidence in her to continue leading the library in the right direction while we look for a new director. She has good leadership skills and the benefit of understanding the city processes, which is important.”
Since arriving in Jacksonville two years ago as the appointed deputy director for Jacksonville Public Library, Giltrop has made many contributions to the library and to the community. She initiated and coordinated communitywide projects such as Jax-Journey funded Project LEAP (Library Enhancement Access Program), the Jax Makerspace to bring creators into the library, and the first-ever Jax Book Fest. Giltrop oversaw operations of the Duval County Public School student card and educator card initiatives.
Giltrop has nearly 20 years of public library experience. Prior to coming to Jacksonville, Giltrop was the director of public services for the DC Public Library, with a Central Library and 25 neighborhood libraries, and The Seattle Public Library system with 27 locations. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Board also approved the appointment of a selection committee to be made up of seven members who will be charged with the recruitment of a new library director. The selection committee will comprise current and former Board of Library Trustees members, a Jacksonville Public Library Foundation member, and members of the community. The Employee Services Department of the city also will assist in the search.
About the Jacksonville Public Library
The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.4 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 5.7 million times, and over 13,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit jaxpubliclibrary.org.