A hire for the books: New director Allen aims to lead library into digital age. (Baraboo News Republic, 1/31/2011)
Excerpt: During a meeting Jan 21, the trustees agreed unanimously to make Allen the new library director, said board President Mary Grant. Allen won the promotion because she has demonstrated a wide variety of strengths.
"She has a strong work ethic (and is) well-known and well-respected in the community," Grant said. "(She is) embracing the challenge to expand the library ... good supervisor of staff and innovative, creative."
The trustees conducted a nationwide search in which attracted highly qualified applicants from as far away as Oregon and Washington, D.C., said Wayne Maffei, a member of the search committee. The board interviewed five finalists before agreeing on Allen.
"Obviously, she has a bit of an advantage after having worked at this library," he said. "She's always kept abreast of the latest developments in library science.
"Her background coupled with her abilities made her the best candidate," Maffei said. "We're excited to have Meg take the job and eager to move forward."
Allen said she is a Madison native, but now lives in the Baraboo area. She began work at the Baraboo Public Library in 2002.