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KAWARTHAS: There is a new head of the Kawartha Lakes Public Library, his name is Jamie Anderson and The Standard had the chance to sit down with him last week to see how he’s enjoying the job so far.
“My position title is CEO and library director,” says Mr. Anderson. “Essentially, I am responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the library branches and the future direction of the library. Lindsay is the largest out of the 14 branches but we serve all of Kawartha.”
Mr. Anderson hails from out west (Vancouver Island to be more precise) and has over a decade of experience working in library setting.
“I started on Nov. 6th so this is my second week and so far so good!” he says. “Everyone has been really friendly, it’s been a bit of a learning curve as this position is a bit different from the one I had previous, but I am enjoying it so far.”
Mr. Anderson adds, “I’ve been working in public libraries for 20 years and have been a librarian for 15 and I was the director of library services back in Vancouver.”
Currently the Kawartha branches have a variety of services, including community programs, adult and child learning courses and have electronic books available.
“We have your typical library books, ebooks and audio books able to be taken out,” says Mr. Anderson. “We’re also working on an online movie streaming service which will be coming out soon. There’s language learning courses and we have the usual story times and a lot of adult resources.”
The move from B.C. to Lindsay was a big one, so says Mr. Anderson, but he says it has been worth the trek.
“I wanted a change of careers and I was looking at either southern B.C. or southern Ontario,” he says. “My wife (Chelsea), dog (Beatrice) and three cats (Elliot, Asha and Lucy) moved with me.”
Outside of the office, Mr. Anderson says you’ll most likely find him gardening (weather permitting) or walking his dog around town.
As for library news, Mr. Anderson says the Omemee branch is moving into its new location at 24 King Street East this week.
“We are having a quiet opening on Tuesday, November 21st,” he says. “We are thinking of planning a grand opening in the New Year.”
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