City of Salem Hires New City Librarian

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The City of Salem is excited to announce that it has hired Sarah Strahl to serve as the new City Librarian. Her first day with the City will be May 29, 2018.

Sarah joins the City and the Salem Public Library after a successful tenure with Hillsboro Public Library collaboratively developing forward-thinking programs such as deposit collections at partner organizations like Prosperidad and the Hillsboro Police Department. Her previous work also includes advancing new uses of technology and technical services, teen services, material management, and logistics.

“Sarah’s experience, energy, and passion for service were evident to the community members and employees who participated in the interviews. Her leadership will help ensure the renovation project meets the library's needs,” said Salem City Manager Steve Powers. “I’m thrilled that Sarah is joining the Salem team.”

She previously served the Ela Area Public Library District in Lake Zurich, Illinois, and holds a Masters of Library Science from Indiana University. She serves on the Public Library Division board of the Oregon Library Association.

The City Librarian position was previously held by Julie Sowles, who accepted a position in California in 2017. Deputy City Librarian Danny Smith has served as Interim City Librarian in her absence.

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