Archive for February, 2011

Daria Parry New Library Associate Director

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – February 23, 2011) Effective January 12, 2011 Daria A. Parry became the new Associate Director at Harford County Public Library. Daria has extensive background in libraries. She previously held the position of Chief, Public Libraries and State Networking Branch for the Maryland State Department of Education. Prior to this position, Ms. Parry has also held the positions of Agency Manager in the Montgomery County Public Library (Maryland), Director of Library Services at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Washington, Community Access and Facilities Manager for the Eugene Public Library in Oregon, and Manager, Division of Central Library Services for the Lee County Library System in Florida. Additionally, Ms. Parry is an active member of the Phi Kappa Pi Honor Society; American Library Association; Public Library Association; and the Maryland Library Association.

“I am thrilled to be part of Harford County Public Library. Having worked at the state level on behalf of our Maryland public libraries for the last four-and-half years, I have had the distinct pleasure of observing the success and progress of this innovative and customer-focused library system, and now to be a part of it, is an absolute delight,” stated Ms. Parry. “I look forward to serving the citizens of the Harford County community for years to come.”

“We are honored to have Ms. Parry join Harford County Public Library as the new Associate Director. She brings a wealth of experience in both public and academic library settings and has been a leader in developing innovative initiatives for statewide implementation,” stated Harford County Public Library Director, Mary Hastler.

Ms. Parry has a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Florida in Tampa. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 210,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,700,000. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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Photo caption: Daria Parry joins Harford County Public Library as Associate Director.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SEARCHES FOR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Student Liaison Representative Application
(Belcamp, Maryland – February 14, 2011) The Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees has an open position for a student liaison representative as an ex officio board member. The representative is chosen in cooperation with public and private high schools in Harford County and applicants should currently be in their junior year and will serve during their senior year. Student applications must be submitted by Tuesday, March 15th. The purpose of the position is to obtain input on library services, policies, and materials collections from a significant user group of library customers, to encourage young people to consider librarianship as a career, to encourage use of library services by young adults, and to provide practical experience for young adults in the operations of their government.

The Board of Library Trustees will interview students and select a representative to serve for one year, beginning in July. The student representative is member of the Board and receives agendas and all non-confidential Board materials. He or she is a non-voting member and is excluded from participation in executive sessions.

The student representative must:

~ be a resident of Harford County

~ have parental/guardian permission to serve

~ meet the Eligibility Requirements for Participation in Extra-curricular Activities of the county schools or their private school.

No salary is paid for the service, but appropriate expenses will be paid on the same basis of other Board members. Credit for the student representatives’ service may be provided if their schools’ policy permits.

The application can be found online at hcplonline.info. Please return completed application and essay to: Director, Harford County Public Library; 1221-A Brass Mill Road, Belcamp, MD 21017.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 210,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,700,000. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

LIBRARY TRUSTEES SEARCH FOR CANDIDATES FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Board Membership Application
(Belcamp, Maryland – January 20, 2011) The Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees has begun a search for candidates to be considered for appointment to the Board to begin in FY12. The available positions will represent the Bel Air and Edgewood/Joppa areas of Harford County. Anyone interested in serving as a board member is encouraged to apply.

An application form may be obtained from any Harford County Public Library branch, the HCPL website [www.HCPLonline.info], or by calling 410-838-3749. Completed applications together with a resume must be returned by Wednesday, March 1, 2011 to Office of the Director, Harford County Public Library, 1221-A Brass Mill Road, Belcamp, Maryland 21017.
Laws of Maryland Relating to Public Libraries

The Library Board of Trustees operates under the Laws of Maryland, Title 23, and Harford County Code, Article 21. The Harford County Executive appoints a trustee to a five-year term from a list submitted by the existing Board of Trustees. The County Council must confirm the appointment. A trustee may be reappointed for a second term. Trustees receive no payment for their service.

Among the duties of trustees as set by State and County law are these: to establish and operate the library to provide free service, to set library policy, to employ a director, to advise in the preparation of the budget and to approve the budget, to control the spending of funds, to adopt rules and regulations for use of the library, and to select locations and approve plans for branch buildings. Members of the Board shall be representative of the area the library serves and residents of Harford County.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 167,890 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.6 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.