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Weston Picks a New Library Director

Weston won't have to wait any longer for a new library director. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday to hire Orange resident Karen Tatarka for the position. Tatarka is currently serving as a network services assistant for the Wilton Library .

"I realize that this is an exciting opportunity," Tatarka said at the Feb. 3 board meeting. "It will be a wonderful experience and honor. ... I'm looking forward to it very much."

Tatarka was chosen because of her understanding of the evolving role that libraries play during the digital age. She "hit a couple of key points that are relevant," said Selectman David Muller, "such as what should a library be in terms of the services it provides. Not only books and not only materials and the printed word, but a community-based location."

Tatarka comes to Weston with a master’s degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State University. She has worked in libraries for more than a decade, including positions at Auburn University, Fordham University and University of Connecticut.

The library board recommended Tatarka for the position, and the selectmen met in closed session to discuss her candidacy. Her employment hinges on a background check and verification, but the selectmen are optimistic that they've found the right person.

"I think she's going to be an excellent addition," said First Selectman Gayle Weinstein . "She has a strong vision for our community and I think that she's really going to take our library in the direction we need to go in the 21st century."

Jane Atkinson has been the librarian in Weston for 35 years, and her retirement awaits Tatarka's final approval. "Jane has been an extremely wonderful steward of the library," Muller said. "I think we're at a point in the evolution of the Weston Public Library where Jane's retirement has given us a very good opportunity. I think the library board should be commended for having come up with a wonderful candidate."

What do you think? What kind of services should a public library in the 21st century provide for residents? Tell us your thoughts in the comment box below.

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