Pequot Library hires new head librarian


Dianne Schlosser, left, has been named the new head librarian at Pequot Library. She is shown here with library Executive Director Martha Gates Lord in front of library’s sign on the Great Lawn.

Pequot Library Executive Director Martha Gates Lord announced the hiring of Dianne Schlosser as the new head librarian.

Schlosser, a Fairfield resident, comes from an education background, formerly being the director of information services at Greens Farms Academy from 2003 until July 2013. Schlosser’s role at Greens Farms Academy included leading the library and technology department.

Prior to joining Greens Farms Academy, Schlosser was director of information services for the Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans for 15 years. Before that, she was a Librarian in various public schools in New Orleans.

Schlosser has a master’s in education from the University of New Orleans, with a major in curriculum and instruction and a minor in library science after receiving a bachelor’s degree in library science and English from the university of Mississippi. In addition, she has certification in English, library science and administration.

“All libraries are having to reinvent themselves in these technological times,” Schlosser said. “My vision is to lead Pequot by preserving traditional values while at the same time seeking new and non-traditional ways of doing things particularly in processing and services. I also welcome the opportunity to further highlight Pequot Library’s unique special collections to the community. Teaching and managing technology is about problem solving so my experience at schools is a plus for Pequot Library.”

As head librarian, Schlosser will supervise other library employees who deal directly with patrons and library materials, such as librarians and library assistants. In addition, she will plan programs and events based on the needs of the community.

Although most of her time will be spent on these duties, Schlosser will still spend some time working at the reference circulation desk, assisting patrons with locating books and reference material, and answering their reference questions.

“I’m thrilled to join such a historical, cultural library with an incredible reputation and such a dedicated and passionate staff that is clearly committed to moving Pequot’s mission forward,” Schlosser said. “We will work together to develop goals and priorities to not only maintain the successful programs, but also to further expand Pequot’s reach into the greater Fairfield community. I look forward to also working collaboratively with the Fairfield main and Fairfield Woods libraries. Our town of Fairfield has such an outstanding library system.”

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