Head librarian Margo Schiller stands in the Ed Curell reading room

Librarian turns new page in career

The library board will be looking for a new head librarian soon as the one who's been here for six years is moving back down south.

The library board will be looking for a new head librarian soon as the one who’s been here for six years is moving back down south.

Margo Schiller will take over as branch head at the same library in Kamloops where she worked for three-and-a-half years before moving here to take over as head librarian from Ed Curell, who retired after 29 years at the library in 2008.

She decided to take the new job to be closer to family, she said.

“It seemed like a good opportunity and Jason, my partner, has family in Kamloops,” she said.

Most of the projects she’s been working on for the library are almost wrapped up with the last one being the finish of the Ed Curell Lounge, which was also the last big project that the library board had in its strategic plan, said Schiller.

“I’m really proud of  a lot of things,” said Schiller about what she’s accomplished in her time here.

“I’m really proud of the Ed Curell Lounge and elevator and accessible washrooms.”

“I think the local history stuff we did a couple of years ago was pretty important.”

In 2012, the library hired a history librarian for four months to organize various historical items the library had stashed away.

An open house held that October gave the public to see the items, which included pioneers’ belongings.

Schiller said she’s learned a ton of new skills here.

“This position has taught me so much about government so many more skills and knowledge than when I started,” she said, adding these new skills will help her in the future.

She will miss Terrace and her work at he library. Her job has been posted and applications will be reviewed by the hiring committee at the beginning of August, she explained.

The committee makes a recommendation to the library board, which will decide who to hire. For now, children’s librarian Jess Dafoe is the temporary head librarian.

Schiller’s last day of work here is July 11.

“I think the only thing I’m just really proud of is what the staff and board accomplished in the last six years and it’s great to see all the things we’ve done.”

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