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December 14, 2017

After 27 years of service, Milton Public Library Chief Librarian Leslie Fitch to retire in June

After a long and distinguished 27-year career with the Milton Public Library, Leslie Fitch has announced her intention to retire effective June 30, 2018.

Leslie has been the CEO / Chief Librarian at MPL since 1996, and was the Deputy Librarian for 6 years prior to that. During her career she has strategically and effectively led during a time of great change in the library industry, most notably around digitization. In addition, she has contributed significantly at the national, regional and provincial level as the co-author of Dividends: the value of Public Libraries in Canada, and through various library association bodies including the Canadian Library Association, the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, the Administrators of Medium Sized Public Libraries of Ontario and currently as the Chair for the Chief Executives of Large Urban Public Libraries of Ontario.

Leslie has effectively represented MPL in the community and led its growth from its previous home on Bruce Street serving a population of 30,000 to a modern, integrated Main Library and branch system that serves almost 60,000 patrons per year and circulates close to 1.4 million items in a community of 110,000.

"Leslie has helped to shape our community as it has grown, and alongside a dedicated and supportive team of staff, has helped foster a lifelong love of reading and learning for so many people, young and old," said MPL Board Chair Brad Boehmer. "On behalf of the entire MPL family, I wish her the very best as she embarks on her next chapter."

"Libraries are a force for transformative and powerful societal good, and it has been a privilege to work for the people of Milton by expanding library service to the levels it is today," said MPL Chief Librarian, Leslie Fitch. "Technology, innovation, partnerships, online and physical resources focussed on print and digital literacies, along with powerful program strategies to animate the collections and build community cohesion are the hallmarks of a modern public library. I'm delighted by the progress made by the superlative staff and Library Board members who, with the support of Town of Milton Council and Town staff, have made MPL the dynamic and creative community hub it is today. Working on projects to maximize MPL's presence within the building envelope at Bruce Street, to plan and open MPL's first branch library at Beaty, to expand Milton's library presence with the opening of the Main Library, and to assist in the planning for the upcoming Sherwood Branch have been career highlights. To have done so while working with remarkable teams of people over the past 27 years has truly been a gift. I can only wish the absolute best for my successor and for the Board and staff who will all come together to drive Milton Public Library forward to even greater successes".

Details regarding Fitch's successor will be announced in January 2018.

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