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June 14, 2018

Leslie Fitch Set to Retire as Milton Public Library CEO & Chief Librarian; Mark Williams Named as Successor

After 28 years with the Milton Public Library (MPL), Leslie Fitch is set to retire effective June 30, 2018. Leslie's decision to retire will bring to a close a remarkable career of 32+ years. Following a thorough recruitment process, Mark Williams, current Milton Public Library Deputy Chief Librarian, has been appointed CEO / Chief Librarian effective July 1, 2018.

After launching her library career with the Town of Haldimand Public Library as CEO in 1986, Leslie joined MPL in 1990 as Deputy Chief Librarian. She became CEO / Chief Librarian of MPL in 1996, and contributed significantly over the next two decades at national, regional, and provincial levels through various library associations, while at the same time working with the Board and staff to prepare for and manage the impact of Milton’s explosive growth on MPL. As a result of the work of the Board and staff, MPL’s response to growth has resulted in a modern 21st century library system, whose usage has skyrocketed in response to new physical locations, deeper and broader physical and digital resources, enhanced and expanded partnerships, innovative programming, and more.

"Leslie’s transformative approach to advancing library services while serving the diverse community of Milton through its dramatic growth has been instrumental,' said MPL Board Chair, Sarah Marshall. "Her commitment to public service, literacy, and learning has always been her driving force. Her passionate belief in the importance and value of public libraries are a hallmark of MPL's mission and vision as reflected in long-term planning initiatives. The Library Board is grateful for Leslie's distinguished contributions to Milton Public Library as well as to the community at large."

"I've been privileged to lead the Milton Public Library in a community I also call home,” said Leslie Fitch. “We have worked to expand MPL's reach and impact on the community and elevated our multicultural offerings to support our diverse community. Those with whom it has been my privilege to work have taught me so much, and I'm deeply grateful to have been able to be associated with such incredible people. MPL's achievements are also a result of the efforts of Town of Milton staff and the support of Council. The new Sherwood Branch will open next year, with other capital building projects lining up behind it. I'm excited by the potential for growth and innovation ahead, which will be reflected by the transition of MPL to a new generation of leadership. I look forward to seeing what will happen next under the strong and capable direction of Mark Williams."

Mark Williams has been the Deputy Chief Library of MPL since 2015 and has over 18 years of experience working in public libraries across England and at Toronto Public Library. "Mark’s innovative approach to library services as well as his effective relationship building skills helped to solidify him as the clear choice in leading the Milton Public Library," notes Sarah Marshall. "Mark has a passion for collaborative growth and ensuring modernization in library service delivery." Mark was the inspiration behind the concept of the popular Quest Milton app, and is overseeing a project that uses virtual reality with seniors currently.

"I am really looking forward to becoming the next CEO / Chief Librarian at MPL as we continue to grow. The opportunities that the continued growth of the Town presents to our staff as they embed community led librarianship, in order to become more collaborative in our effort to support literacy, creativity, and innovation are tremendous. This really is an exciting time for MPL and the patrons we service on a daily basis and I am delighted to be able to lead the future direction of the library," shares Mark Williams.

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