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'Change agent' Greg Williams to replace retiring director Maureen Cole as library director

Greg Williams, the former network manager of Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) and interim adult services supervisor at the West Linn Public Library, has been selected as Oregon City's next library director.Greg Williams

Williams 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 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.

Williams has worked in or with libraries since 2006, starting as a reference librarian. He has a master's degree in library and information Science from the University of Washington.


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