As of this week, we have a new Chief Executive Officer heading up Kitchener Public Library. We’ll let Mary Chevreau settle in a bit before we bombard her with questions, but here’s a little information about our new leader:
Mary is a library consultant and the founder of MEC Consulting, and has worked with public libraries to improve customer experience, programs and collections, and to integrate e-content.
Before starting her own business, she served as Vice President of North American Sales for a total of eight years at Innovative Interfaces and Innovative Enterprises, which create and support library systems. She was also a key player in the creation of the Public Library Directors’ Symposium.
In addition to a long history of leadership and business experience, Mary has demonstrated a commitment to Kitchener Public Library.
She served on the Kitchener Public Library Board for five years, serving as chair and vice-chair of the planning and building committee and the finance committee. She also served as vice-chair of the Kitchener Public Library Foundation, the library’s former funding arm. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of four library associations.
“She’s a dynamic professional with the business experience and technological knowledge that will allow her to lead Kitchener Public Library through its continuing evolution,” said Wayne Buchholtz, chair of the library board.
“She also has deep roots in this community and a passion for community engagement. We’re looking forward to working with Mary Chevreau to ensure we deliver cost-effective library services while creating opportunities for our customers to discover, learn, and connect.”
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Kitchener Public library – to build on the foundations established by the Board and residents of this great community, and to work with a top-notch team of library professionals,” Mary Chevreau said.
“This is an exciting time for the library, as we forge new partnerships, employ new technologies, and develop creative services to better serve our customers; I’m looking forward to getting started!”
In the coming months, you may see Mary at a library event – or you might even find her at the circulation desk, checking out your book. Be sure to say hello!