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Westmont Public Library appoints new director

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 9:21 a.m. CDT

WESTMONT – The Westmont Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Julia Coen the new library director during a meeting Tuesday.

The board of trustees began looking to fill the position when the previous director, Christine Kuhn, resigned in October after 12 years of service. Coen worked at the Westmont Public Library as the assistant director and as a reference librarian after receiving her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University.

Coen’s history of collaborative work with the staff and residents make her the ideal candidate to lead the library, according to a release from the Westmont Public Library.

“The board is confident that Julia is the best choice for Westmont at this time as we continue with our current strategic plan,” Westmont Public Library Board of Trustees President Amy Porter said in a release.

“Julia is service-minded, very organized, and a great communicator. She is a natural at building consensus with the staff and reaching out to the village, schools and community. We look forward to working with her for years to come.”

Remodeling the adult services area to include more community meeting space, implementing self-checkout units for a seamless visitor experience, and opening a digital media lab are high on Coen's list of priorities, according to the release.

“I am honored to have been selected as the director of the Westmont Public Library and proud to be a part of this talented team,” Coen said. “I am looking forward to working with the board, the staff, and the residents to bring the best library service to the community of Westmont.”

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