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MALF Welcomes Ann Hutton, Sue Hall

Ann-Hutton-500x500.pngMALF is thrilled and privileged to announce the addition of two new, multitalented individuals to our Board of Directors. Friends of the Library familiar with library governance, long-range planning, or fundraising may already know their names.

First, welcome to Ann Hutton. Ann recently retired as executive director of Rochester-based SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Coordinating). Her library expertise and experience in that area date back to 1984, when she accepted a regional librarian position. She assumed the executive director post in 1996, and her accomplishments in the role are many and varied. Recent achievements include completion of an 11-county Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub digitization project, and bringing the Bremer Rural Libraries & Literacy Leadership Institute (L3) to SELCO libraries.

Ann is a long-time and active member of the Minnesota Library Association. She served two terms as legislative chair – as well as chair of the Minnesota Library Council during a critical period when the state lacked a State Librarian. She was inducted onto the ALA Advocacy Honor Roll in 2015.

Sue-BW-Photo-V2-500x500.pngWe are also pleased to welcome Sue Hall, outgoing director of Library Strategies Consulting Group (the in-house consulting arm of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library). Sue co-founded Library Strategies in 2006; it remains the only library consulting firm in the country imbedded inside a library support organization. As a consultant, Sue has helped American libraries in over 30 states – and Romania and Saudi Arabia, to boot.

Sue co-wrote the ALA Press title Beyond Booksales: Raising Real Money for Your Library (2013), and has played a leadership role in multiple statewide or multi-state initiatives. Recent examples include the Bremer Rural Libraries & Literacy Leadership Institute (L3) and Legacy-funded ‘Once Upon a Reader’ one-read program.