After a search process lasting several months, Hayley Coble has been hired as Ilsley Public Library’s new Circulation Librarian. For the past three years Coble has worked as a librarian at the Ankona County Library in Blaine, Minnesota, where she provided reference and readers advisory. Prior to that she held positions at the University of Minnesota Library and the Saint Paul Public Library.
The hiring committee was impressed by Coble’s experience in collection management and reference at both public and academic libraries, as well as her supervisory experience. But what really set Coble apart during the interview process was her patron-centered approach to librarianship.
“Hayley stood out for her strong commitment to service, her warmth, and her interpersonal skills,” notes library director Dana Hart. “The circulation librarian is, in many ways, the face of the library. It is a role that interacts with the public constantly, helping patrons find what they’re looking for, recommending books and films, and just being a friendly face that greets patrons when they enter the building. It is extremely important that whoever fills this role knows how to engage with patrons and make them feel safe, welcome, and valued as a member of the library community. We have definitely found that skillset in Hayley.”
Coble is set to begin work at Ilsley on July 19th. She comments, “The sense of community has always been my favorite part of working in a public library, and why I came back to public library work after working at a college. I cannot wait to meet all of you and be a part of this community! My future colleagues at the Ilsley Public Library have been so welcoming and kind, and I am looking forward to getting to know them, Middlebury, and especially you!”