New Greene County library administrator plans for ‘outreach’ into the community

August 9, 2017
Amy Ryan of Masontown was recently hired as the new Greene County Library System administrator. - Katie Anderson/Observer-Reporter Order a Print

WAYNESBURG – Greene County Library System has a new administrator, and she hopes to expand community outreach at the county’s two public libraries.

Amy Ryan of Masontown took over last month after the former administrator, Therese Barry, left the position in April, according to Kathy McClure, who was the interim administrator during those months.

“I’m happy to be here,” Ryan said Wednesday. “Greene County has always been exemplary in the way they run their libraries.”

Ryan, who has her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh, said she has worked in several library systems in four different states. She said her previous position was the director at German-Masontown Public Library, and she also served as president of Fayette County Library System.

Ryan said she is excited about the new position and would like to expand community outreach for both Eva K. Bowlby Public Library in Waynesburg and Flenniken Public Library in Carmichaels.

“What I would like to do is use more databases,” Ryan said. “For example, possibly a database that people can use for genealogy purposes.”

She also said she would like to expand outreach to residents who are homebound or cannot physically visit the library, such as their “books by mail” program, which mails library materials to residents.

“I’d like to see that program get more use,” she said.

She also said she would like to attend township and borough meetings across Greene County to share with residents what library services are available to them.

“Their children’s programs, I think, are excellent,” Ryan said.

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