The Bexley Public Library's new director will have a short commute.

The Bexley Public Library's new director will have a short commute.

The library's board of trustees announced Dec. 18 that Bexley resident Rachel Rubin would replace interim director Susan Studebaker on Feb. 1. Studebaker was appointed to replace Robert Stafford, who retired earlier this year.

Rubin is currently the manager of the Old Worthington Library. She also has worked at the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Northwest branch of Worthington Libraries.

Rubin received a bachelor of arts degree from Carleton College, where she majored in English with a concentration in Latin American studies. She earned her master's of library and information science from Kent State University.

Rubin is currently working on a doctorate in management and leadership in the information professions from Simmons College.

She said her new job was the perfect fit for her career.

"I was drawn to the job because I live in Bexley and it was an opportunity to do something for my neighbors," she said.

Bexley residents value education and the role the library plays in the community, Rubin said. The library has a great foundation, a knowledgeable staff and a materials collection to build on, she said.

"It is an ideal place to be library director," Rubin said.

She is coming on board after Bexley residents approved a five-year, 1.5-mill operating levy in November. The levy, which will replace reduced state funding, is expected to generate $689,000 a year. It will cost homeowners about $45 a year for every $100,000 in assessed property value.

Rubin hasn't set any immediate goals for the library, but she likes the idea of communicating with other library systems in central Ohio. Before setting any goals, she plans to find out what residents want from the library.

Rubin wanted to be a librarian because she was interested in literacy and liked the idea of working with people and interacting with the community.

"I don't want to sit in my office every day," she said.

Board of trustees director Alan Radnor said the library received 30 rsums for the director position. All the candidates were highly qualified, so the library asked for help from the Ohio Library Council to sort the candidates. Four candidates were interviewed before Rubin was named director.

Board members were impressed with Rubin's maturity, intelligence, thoughtfulness and her responses to questions posed by library staff and the board about the present and future course of the library, Radnor said.

"She was anxious, even though she is a resident of Bexley, to learn about the community as a director of the library," Radnor said.

He said the board's goal was to have someone in place by the first quarter of 2010. Library officials hope to host an open house for the community to meet Rubin.

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