Karen Tatarka Named New Director
C.H.Booth Library Names Karen Tatarka New Director
The Trustees of the C.H.Booth Library are pleased to announce that Karen Tatarka will be joining our Library as Director, effective March 1, 2017. Karen is presently Director of the Town of Weston, Ct Library, serving in that role since 2011. Ms Tatarka has over 20 years of library experience in both the academic and public library fields. She is a graduate of Fordham University with a Bachelors and Masters degree in English Literature and received her Masters of Library Science Degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She is an active member of the Connecticut Library Association, the American Library Association, and currently serves as President of the Bibliomation Library Consortium.
An eight-person search committee, consisting of board trustees, staff, and at large community members spent several months coordinating a national search for our new Director, winnowing our dozens of applicants to one. Speaking for the board, President Robert Geckle said, “ After a deliberate and robust process, our search committee and the board unanimously agreed that Karen was the individual to lead our Library. Her experience in both academic and public libraries, her passion and love for community service, and her proven track record in Weston make her the ideal candidate to lead our cherished library.”
Starting on March 1,2017, Karen will be leading a staff of 25 full and part time dedicated staff that are focused on meeting community needs through services that position the library as a connector, partner, community hub, and a place for collaborative learning.
The Library offers a range a range of emerging and tested technologies and provides access to on-line and virtual collections. In the past year, over 145,000 patrons visited our Library, over 15,000 attended programs and 209,000 items were borrowed. The library has been a focal point of our community for over 84 years, since its opening on December 17, 1932.
The Cyrenius H. Booth Library’s mission is to promote the joy of lifelong learning, stimulate curiosity, support the exchange of ideas, and promote a welcoming gathering place for our community.