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McIntyre takes over Sandy Library from Scarth

Michigan born librarian hopes to improve library


Bringing experience from both sides of the country, the library’s new director admires Sandy’s small collection and hopes to improve it further.

On July 1, Sarah McIntyre began work at Sandy Public Library as its new director, following the retirement of former director Beth Scarth the end of June.

Born in Michigan, McIntyre lived in two other states before she made her way to Portland.

McIntyre got her undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan in 1995. Trying to decide what she wanted to do with an English degree, McIntyre decided to pursue library career.

She said that as a kid, libraries were very important to her. McIntyre and her older sister used to go to the library once a week and were each allowed to leave with ten checked out books.

“Halfway through the week, we would switch,” she said. “Because we had both finished our own books.”

McIntyre looked up to the librarian, she said, and her mother even recounted to her that she used to grill the librarian with questions. Her mother remembers McIntyre saying once that she thought the librarian must be the smartest person in the world.

She received a degree in Library Science from University of South Carolina.

After that she moved to Eureka, Calif. And although she decided to stay on the west coast, there were not many career opportunities in the small town. With the option of either going north to Oregon or South to Southern California, she chose Portland.

McIntyre has worked for the Fort Vancouver Library District and the West Linn Library.

In West Linn, she worked with Sandy and other areas of Clackamas County.

“I’ve always thought the staff here was wonderful,” said McIntyre of the Sandy Library. She said she also really admired how much the community is involved in the library. “I thought it was a good place to be.”

So far, McIntyre said she has received a lot of positive feedback from the community.

As a team oriented person, she said she would like to continue creating a strong team within the Sandy Library staff.

“I’d like to look at the big picture instead of working in tiny boxes,” she said. “Honestly, the library is doing so many things right, it can only get better.”

Although she said she reads a variety of books, right now she has been enjoying looking into young adult books. “I’m really impressed with what’s happening in that genre right now,” she said.

She hopes that she can try to reach a greater population within the community. “It’s going to be a challenge to try to reach all of those people at a greater distance. It’s going to be an interesting one to look at and figure out.”

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