By Christopher Roberson
Following recent deliberations, the Board of Trustees of the Lynnfield Public Library extended an offer to Salem resident Jennifer Inglis to become the library’s new director.
Board Chairman Robert Calamari said her start date and compensation package could not be released as her contract is still being negotiated.
Inglis was interviewed by the trustees on Nov. 19 and was ultimately favored over fellow finalists Rita Gavelis and Laura Keyes.
“Ms. Inglis was chosen from among approximately 40 applicants and a very strong slate of three finalists based upon her extensive experience as a library director in other Massachusetts communities as well as her fit and familiarity with the Lynnfield community,” said Calamari.
Her prior experience includes being the Pubic Services director of the Boston Public Library as well as the former director of the Dartmouth Public Libraries, the Whitman Public Library and the Nahant Public Library. She was also the children’s librarian at the Marlborough Public Library and the Youth Services librarian at Millicent Library in Fairhaven. In 2009, Inglis was chosen to be a panelist at the Gates Foundation Broadband Conference. She also served as a panelist the following year during the annual conference of the Massachusetts Library Association.
Inglis holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of New Hampshire. She also earned a second master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College in Boston.
Her hiring comes six months after former Director Holly Mercer left Lynnfield to direct the Southwest Kansas Library System.
Inglis could not be reached for comment.