Ruth Hamlin-Douglas joins TBPL Leadership Team as Head Librarian 

For Immediate Release, Thunder Bay, ON - Monday, March 20, 2023

The Thunder Bay Public Library is pleased to announce that Ruth Hamlin-Douglas has joined our Management team after successfully competing for the position of Head Librarian. 

The Selection Committee reviewed applications from across the country as well as international applicants and unanimously scored Ruth the highest of all candidates by a significant margin during the interview process.

CEO Richard Togman said “I'm very pleased to have Ruth at the table.  Her seventeen years of experience with Thunder Bay Public Library have shown her to be a passionate, dedicated and forward-thinking Librarian. During her years at TBPL she has been responsible for many areas of the organization.  She has a wealth of institutional knowledge which will be of immense value through our upcoming organizational restructuring and the development of our Master Facilities Plan.”

Ruth Hamlin-Douglas has lived in Thunder Bay since she joined the Library team in 2006 and has developed strong relationships with the staff team and the community.

“I'm coming in with three areas of focus,” Ruth said. “I intend to give our staff the support they need to provide excellent patron experiences, to ensure our Library delivers exceptional value to the community, and to make a meaningful contribution to the ambitious vision our CEO has for the future of our organization.”

The hiring of a Head Librarian is part of an organizational restructuring process intended to improve the efficiency and service capacity of the current Library system and prepare the ground for the implementation of a Master Facilities Plan.  

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