Sno-Isle Libraries goes out of state for new exec

Lois Langer Thompson previously worked in Minnesota
Aug 27, 2018
Courtesy of: Sno-Isle Libraries Lois Langer Thompson

Lois Langer Thompson will be the next executive director for Sno-Isle Libraries.

Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, the current executive director, will retire Nov. 30 after more than 33 years with the library district and the past 16 years as executive director.

Thompson is expected to start at Sno-Isle Libraries Dec. 3.

Thompson is currently director at Hennepin County Library, which serves Minneapolis and the surrounding county. Her appointment was announced at the Aug. 27 board of trustees meeting and follows a nationwide search.

The other finalists, both University of Washington graduates, were Tess Mayer, director of Library Outreach, Programs and Services at the King County Library System; and Donna Ohr, deputy director of Communities, Strategy and Technology at San Diego County Library.

“I join the rest of the board in our unanimous welcome to Lois to Sno-Isle Libraries,” said Marti Anamosa, board president. “Lois distinguished herself from a strong field of applicants and we’re confident in her ability to lead the library district.”

A three-member committee, including Anamosa and trustees Susan Kostick and Rico Tessandore, conducted the search with the assistance of Library Strategies International LLC.

“It is a great honor to be invited to lead Sno-Isle Libraries as the next executive director,” Thompson said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the board, staff members and communities to keep Sno-Isle Libraries as an innovative library and welcoming to everyone.

“My husband, Jeff, and I are thrilled to be moving to the Puget Sound area, and already feel like we are coming home.”

Thompson has been director at Hennepin County Library for 10 years. During that time, she led the merger of Minneapolis and Hennepin systems, built or expanded nine libraries and renovated 18 others while working with the Friends of Hennepin County Library to increase annual funding from $250,000 to $1.2 million.

Under her direction, Hennepin County Library partnered with Somali, Native American and Latino communities to extend library services in the community. Thompson is a member of the Public Library Association’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.


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