After 13 years directing the course of the Upper Arlington Public Library, director Ann R. Moore is stepping down.

After 13 years directing the course of the Upper Arlington Public Library, director Ann R. Moore is stepping down.

Moore announced her intent to retire to the library board of trustees during the board’s Sept. 20 meeting.

Moore began her tenure with the library in 1979, as a part-time employee. She took over the position of library director in 1998.

In her notice of retirement, Moore told the library board that, “It is now time for the library to have new leadership.” Moore indicated that she will continue to serve as library director through May 31, 2012.

During the meeting, board president Amy Sharpe noted that it was under Moore’s leadership that the library attained a five-star rating among libraries nationwide, and that the library grew to be an important gathering place for the entire community. Among Moore’s other successes cited by Sharpe were the addition of the Miller Park Library, the continual building of the library’s collection, and adding talented employees to the library’s staff.

Library community relations manager Ruth McNeil said the board will keep the community informed as it begins the process of naming Moore’s successor next spring. The board will contract with an outside source to conduct that search, McNeil said.

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