New library Director Susan Permahos began her new position on Monday. Credits: Kimberly A. Bolognini
Board of Trustees President Ruth Hamann Credits: Kimberly A. Bolognini
Permahos was welcomed by more than 50 local residents and library members at a meet and greet Thursday night. Credits: Kimberly A. Bolognini
Summit Free Public Library Welcomes New Director
Friday, March 8, 2013 • 7:14am
SUMMIT, NJ- Summit Free Public Library held a Meet and Greet Thursday night to introduce the new director of the library.
Susan Permahos was welcomed by over 50 local residents and library members who enjoyed light hor d’oeuveres while mingling with Permahos and fellow attendees.
“This is a fabulous library that I’m stepping into and I’m looking at it with a new set of eyes,” Permahos told The Alternative Press.
In terms of projects she would like to tackle while director, Permahos said she plans to change the layout of the library, increase programming, update the computers, digitize historical documents and add the Friends of the Library program to Summit.
This being Permahos’ first week, the former director of the Springfield Public Library for just short of 20 years has been meeting with staff members to find out the needs of the library.
She said the first thing on her to-do list is to make improvements and updates to the computers so they include word processing which will make it easier for library members to do everything on one computer, instead of having to use multiple ones. Permahos said this feature would also greatly help with those who are searching for and applying to jobs.
Board of Trustees President Ruth Hamann explained that the trustees were key in the hiring process for a new director and they are very pleased with their decision.
“I think Susan is wonderful and I’m really looking forward to working with her. She has great experience and ideas,” Hamann said.
Hamann explained that a hiring agency narrowed down the selection for the trustees and then they made the final decision.
“I think Susan is already well into establishing relationships with the staff and the community,” Hamann said.
Permahos voiced her excitement regarding her new position.
“Summit is a wonderful community and I’m so pleased for a new challenge,” Permahos said.