CEO/Chief Librarian of the Mississippi Mills Public Library Takes Early Retirement

Posted on Wednesday March 07, 2018

Media Release For Immediate Release

Mary Lou Souter
Mississippi Mills Public Library Board

Resignation of Library CEO/Chief Librarian

Mississippi Mills, ON.: On February 22, 2018, Pam Harris, our CEO/Chief Librarian, officially announced her early retirement. After nearly 5 years of dedicated service, Pam is looking forward to new opportunities and adventures ahead. Pam’s last day is June 29, 2018.

In her time with the Library, Pam Harris has brought leadership and vision to our public library service, increasing community awareness of the library through expanded programming, refreshed collections and renewed staff enthusiasm. Among her achievements is the newly expanded and renovated Pakenham Branch which is truly a community gem. She also led the way in partnering with Lanark County Public Libraries resulting in county-wide programmes such as the Human Library Project and the One Book, One Community; shared grant projects, pooled resources and a network of community partners.

Pam introduced our very popular “Tech Tutor” programme increasing computer literacy and competency in patrons of all ages. She re-invigorated our summer Literacy Tutor programme securing ongoing funding through the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation Inc. Pam introduced our very popular Seed Library and gardening series. By identifying and partnering with a number of community agents such as the Neighbourhood Tomato and the Mills Community Support, Pam redefined what it means to be a public library in Mississippi Mills.

Pam Harris has never hesitated to find new and interesting ways for the Library to intersect with our community – our nearly completed community oven at the Almonte Branch is one such example.

As the Library Board Chair, I would like to thank Pam for her outstanding commitment and dedication to making the Library the best it can be. She has earned the respect of Municipal Council, the support of the Library Board, and the loyalty of her staff. We will all miss her. We wish her well in her retirement.

About Mississippi Mills Public Library: The Mississippi Mills Public Library is a two-branch public library serving a population of over 13,000. We provide free services and programmes: books, DVDs, music, Wi-Fi, internet access and meeting space. We are committed to lifelong learning, provide equitable access to information, advance knowledge and strengthen the community.
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