Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Shannon Stiller is New Portage Public Library Director

Link to October 12 Portage Daily Register article, "New library director named".

Excerpt: Library work is a second career for Stiller. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, she worked in clinical laboratory science. She said she found enjoyment in the work, particularly in the educational side of it, but something was missing.

"It wasn't people-centered enough to keep me fulfilled," she said. "I needed a little bit more personal of a mission."

Stiller said someone suggested she imagine winning a lottery and not having to work for a living. What, the person asked, would she do?

"'Work in a library,'" Stiller said she answered somewhat flippantly.

But she said that once she thought seriously about the idea, she realized it might be a real possibility for her. Stiller said she researched the field and decided to pursue the work.

In 2003, she graduated from Syracuse University with a master's of science degree in library and information science. Her library career includes work at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Shannon begins her duties on Monday, November 9.

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