JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 14, 2017 — The Board of Library Trustees on Dec. 14 voted to extend the offer of the position of library director of Jacksonville Public Library to Tim Rogers, previous executive director of the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City, OK, at the recommendation of the library director search committee. Rogers has accepted the offer and will begin in the new role on Jan. 29, 2018. Rogers succeeds former Director Barbara A. B. Gubbin who retired from the library June 30, 2017.
“Tim brings several years of executive level experience in a variety of library settings to Jacksonville,” said Ronnie King, chair of JPL’s Board of Library Trustees. “With his contributions as a seasoned library leader, we look forward to furthering the success of JPL in the years ahead.”
Rogers has more than 15 years of experience in various library director positions. As the executive director at the Metropolitan Library System (Oklahoma City) he was responsible for the strategic and operational results of a library serving more than 750,000 people from 19 branch locations with more than 425 full-time employees. At NC LIVE—a library consortium for the state of North Carolina—he was the executive director and ran the statewide consortium of more than 200 academic and public libraries. Rogers also held director-level roles at the largest public library in Kansas (Johnson County Library), Coffey County Library also in Kansas and Oneida Public Library in central New York. In addition to his operational and strategic successes, Rogers has extensive fundraising experience that should benefit JPL.
King and the Board would like to thank the library director search committee—comprising himself, past Board of Library Trustees Chairpersons Erin Vance Skinner and Dr. Brenda Simmons Hutchins, current Trustee Jill Dame, JPL Foundation Board Chair Kevin Hyde, past president of FSCJ Dr. Barbara Darby, and WJCT President and CEO Michael Boylan—who volunteered their service to recruit the new library director. “The time and attention the search committee devoted to this process is greatly appreciated,” King said. “With their guidance, we are confident that Tim is the right choice for Jacksonville.”
King and the Board also wish to express their grateful appreciation for Jennifer Giltrop who served as the library’s interim director during the search. “We sincerely value the excellent work Jennifer does for the library as our deputy director, and are particularly thankful for the great work she’s done recently as interim library director,” said King.
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