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Library introduces new executive director

Published 3:10 pm, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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New Canaan Library Tuesday hired Lisa Oldham as its executive director effective July 1.

Bringing nearly 25 years experience in library and educational support services from locations as diverse as Guatemala and Sri Lanka, Oldham offers a fresh and unique perspective on library and is adept at implementing new ideas.

"Library services are evolving rapidly and the world is getting smaller," Oldham said. "It's our job to ensure services are up to par with what the community needs and expects and it is my passion to stay one step ahead."

While she was raised and educated in the United States, Oldham has worked abroad in a variety of settings leading teams through change to deliver improved library services. She is particularly interested in the development of libraries in the 21st century and how best to blend traditional services with new digital offerings.

"I am excited to be joining the team at New Canaan Library," Oldham said. "I've been impressed with the wide range of programming, the warm and welcoming staff, and the exceptionally high usage of the library by the community," she added.

Oldham comes to New Canaan directly from the National Library of New Zealand where her strategic planning and management skills were put to use advising the government and schools on the development of library services and buildings. Prior to that she managed the library system for a regional district including planning for the complete renovation and renewal of the central district library, enabling growth and improved service delivery, as well overseeing the construction of one branch library and refurbishment of another.