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City hires new library director

Holly Mercer is former regional director in Arkansas


A new library director will join the West Linn Public Library starting May 13.by: SUBMITTED - MERCER

The city has hired Holly Mercer of Wynne, Ark., as the new director. The former director, Diane Satchwell, who accepted a position at a library in Merced, Calif., to be closer to family, left at the end of 2012. Since January, the city has employed Wilsonville Library Director Patrick Duke part-time on an interim basis.

“We are so pleased to welcome Holly Mercer to the West Linn community,” Assistant City Manager Kirsten Wyatt said. “She brings a breadth of experience that will positively benefit the West Linn library and its patrons. During the interview process, Holly impressed us with her knowledge and vision for libraries, as well as her deep commitment to children’s and youth services. She will be an excellent addition to the city of West Linn management team.”

According to City Manager Chris Jordan, Mercer was selected because of her background as the director of the East Central Arkansas Regional Library System and her recent selection as the incoming president of the Arkansas Library Association. 

“Holly has faced numerous challenges in her current position, but has managed to grow circulation by 154 percent in five years with practically no increase in her budget,” Jordan wrote in an email announcing the new hire. “She has also opened a new branch library and has developed creative marketing strategies for increasing the number of patrons at the district’s libraries.”

“I am excited to be part of the city of West Linn as the new library director,” Mercer said. “The library is a valuable asset to the community and I hope to strengthen and enhance the already outstanding library services.”

Mercer’s salary will be $7,500 a month, totaling $90,000 a year.

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