For Sarah Moore, the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library position seemed to be an excellent fit.
Moore will begin her position as the library’s executive director Feb. 19. She replaces Kelly Fann, who stepped down in September to focus on a family health issue. Moore, who has more than 15 years of library experience, was unanimously selected by the Library Board of Trustees during a special meeting Jan. 23.
“The Zionsville area looks very attractive to me,” said Moore, who plans to live in Zionsville. “I looked around on the Zionsville website and on the library website and it looked like a thriving community with good access to outdoor space and also a city nearby. I liked the look of the town and the library seemed like it had a lot going on. It seemed like somewhere I would fit in very well. It’s also a challenge for me. It’s a step up (size-wise) from what I’ve been doing, and I’m interested in that opportunity.”
Another factor was her interaction with the staff.
“They all seemed really welcoming and a group of people I was really looking forward to working with. The first thing is for me to get to know the community, get out and be involved in things and get to know different people in different organizations,” she said. “One thing I’m considering looking into that was in their strategic plan was WiFi hot spot lending (devices you can check out). I think that would be a great service for the area, and it’s been very popular at other libraries.”
Moore has spent 7 1/2 years as director of Richwood-North Union Public Library in Richwood, Ohio, where she focused on fostering significant community relationships.
“She has a demonstrated record of leadership and strategic vision,” Hussey-Mayfield Library Board President Sandy Sifferlen said.
After earning her undergraduate degree at Ohio State, Moore, from Wheelersburg, Ohio, earned her master’s degree in Library Science at Indiana University.
“It seems to have a lot of community support, that’s something I’m really looking forward to,” Moore said of Hussey-Mayfield. “When I looked at the program attendance, there were a lot of people coming in and making use out of the library. It seemed like it was a place people really valued in the community.”