The City of Corvallis has hired Ashlee Chavez as the new Library Director for the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system.
Chavez comes to Corvallis from San Antonio, Texas, where she served as Central Library Reference Manager for the San Antonio Public Library System. Prior to that, Chavez spent five years in the library system in Lompoc, Calif., eventually rising to the position of Library Director. Her background includes extensive experience in policy development, technology implementation and circulation growth. As a department director, she will oversee operations at four library branches and will report to City Manager Mark Shepard.
"The public library system in Corvallis and Benton County has become more important in recent years than ever before," said Shepard. "I'm looking forward to Ashlee’s leadership as we develop new and exciting ways to serve our community."
Chavez holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University. The Corvallis community will have an opportunity to meet Chavez at a public reception later this spring.
"Leading the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is a dream opportunity for me, and I am incredibly optimistic about the future," Chavez said. "During my visit, I was utterly charmed by the area, and by the Corvallis community."
Chavez was selected from a pool of highly experienced candidates who met with city staff, elected officials and community members in March. She will begin work in mid-May.
During the recruitment period for the new Library Director, day-to-day operations were overseen by the Library's two Deputy Directors: Felicia Uhden and Andrew Cherbas, both longtime library veterans who provided excellent leadership for the library as the recruitment process unfolded.
For more information on the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system, go to www.cbcpubliclibrary.net