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Former West Linn, county employee to replace retiring director Maureen Cole

Greg Williams, the former network manager of Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC), has been selected as Oregon City's next library director.

Greg WilliamsWilliams comes to Oregon City with a reputation as a change agent throughout the county and state. Last year, he was presented the Oregon Library Association's Pearl Award in recognition of his efforts to transform the Clackamas County library system. The award is given annually to an Oregon library employee who has "worked tirelessly from the inside and demonstrated excellence, like a pearl honed into a gem over time."

Williams said he is excited to serve as the Oregon City Public Library's next director.

"The staff is amazing, the building is wonderful, and the community is incredibly supportive," he said. "I'm looking forward to helping implement the library's ambitious strategic plan, and ensuring that the library continues to provide inclusive and innovative services to our entire service area."

Williams has big shoes to fill in replacing current Oregon City Library Director Maureen Cole, the 2019 recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the state library association, who is staying on to help transition him into the role effective Jan. 27.

Cole has served Oregon City for over a decade, during which time she coordinated a library renovation/expansion project after a voter-approved bond, to add 15,000 square feet to the existing 5,000-square-foot building.

Cole was recognized for leading the Oregon City Public Library through expanding and restoring the city's original 1913 Carnegie Library, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. She brought together community support behind the construction project that has won numerous design awards.

Cole served on a committee to recruit a new library director along with Library Friends Chair Lynda Orzen and City Manager Tony Konkol, who made the final decision to hire Williams. Cole said she was "very excited" that Williams will be Oregon City's next library director.

"I'm confident Greg will do a great job working with our fabulous staff and improving on all the things we have accomplished in the last few years," she said.

A county employee for the past six years, Williams now serves as the deputy director of business and community services for Clackamas County, charged with guiding a large group of independent and autonomous city libraries and library directors to be a cohesive, well-functioning, strategic leadership team.

In this role Williams was credited with providing leadership and support on numerous projects, including implementing recent settlement terms that ended a lawsuit between the county and the city of Gladstone; supporting the Oak Lodge and Gladstone Community Project; revising his county department Strategic Plan; and preparing its annual budget.

During his tenure with LINCC, Williams helped implement a $2 million radio-frequency identification and automated material handling system project as well as a centrally managed Wi-Fi network for the consortium. He led the efforts to implement a centralized daily sort of library materials and worked closely with the Library District Advisory Committee. 

Jerianne Thompson of Tualatin Public Library noted that Williams' efforts resulted in "significantly improved service provision to library patrons."

"His behind-the-scenes efforts also included supporting the Library District Advisory Committee, helping the group thrive through a reorganization," Thompson said.

Williams has worked in or with libraries since 2006, starting as a reference librarian and interim adult services supervisor at the West Linn Public Library. He has a master's degree in library and information Science from the University of Washington.


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