DRACUT -- Nanci Milone Hill has been hired as the new director of the Parker Memorial Library, the town's Board of Library Trustees announced Monday.
Hill, who most recently worked as director of the Boxford Public Library, brings 18 years of experience to the Dracut position previously held by Randy Robertshaw, who left to take a higher-paying job in the private sector, trustees' chairman, John Dyer said.
Hill is a published author of Reading Women: A Book Group Guide for Women's Fiction, which was released by Libraries Unlimited in March of 2012. In addition, she co-edits the "Perspectives" column for Public Libraries, writes a bi-monthly column for Library Journal, and is a regular contributor to NoveList, a readers' advisory database utilized by public libraries. She serves on the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium's executive board.
Hill will officially begin the Dracut job on Jan. 22 at a salary of about $63,000 a year, according to Dyer.
"I'm thrilled we were able to hire Nanci, especially since it was such a surprise to lose Randy," said Dyer. "She brings with her a vast amount of experience in library management and patron services. We did a lot of meeting and interviewing in November and December and when we got a chance to interview her, that was the nice part."
Hill is pleased to be joining Dracut's "wonderful staff" taking on the challenge of managing a larger library, Dyer added.
Dracut's estimated population of just under 30,000 is more than times larger than Boxford's