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Virginia librarian chosen for Roswell post; Search for a new library director began August 2016, when Betty Long retired

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The Roswell Public Library, established in 1906 and at its current location on North Pennsylvania Avenue since 1978, has a new director who is expected to be in place by mid-November. (Submitted Photo)

A librarian from a historic city on the East Coast has accepted the position of director of the Roswell Public Library and is due to start next month.

Enid Ruth Costley, who most recently has worked for 10 years with the Library of Virginia in Richmond, was selected in September in a second round of interviews that involved about three candidates, said city of Roswell Director of Administrative Services Elizabeth Gilbert.

Costley is expected to start her new position Nov. 13.

The second phase of the search had to be initiated after a person with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction withdrew her acceptance of the position. She had been expected to start in early August. She and her husband changed their plans regarding her relocation to the area, Gilbert said, adding that about five candidates were involved in that initial search.

The city has been looking for a library director since August 2016, when the former director, Betty Long, retired following 31 years in the position.

Gilbert said that Costley will bring years of experience with both large and small libraries.

“She has experience implementing new programs,” said Gilbert, “and implementing new technologies to support programs.”

Gilbert added that Costley indicated that she and her husband appreciated living in smaller cities, which was one of the reasons she was interested in the position with the Roswell library.

“That was something that was attractive to them in their search,” Gilbert said. “She obviously came here to Roswell and spent some time here and really just enjoyed her time here and at the library, and so she decided to make the transition.”

Gilbert said that she does not know of any other pending personnel changes at the Roswell library.

“A new person will have to learn about our library and our processes and go from there, so there are no anticipated changes in personnel at this time,” she said.

According to Costley’s résumé, she had been the children’s and youth services consultant with the Library of Virginia since September 2007. The Library of Virginia was established in 1823 by the Virginia legislature to collect, preserve and provide public access to information regarding Virginia culture, history and government, according to the library’s website.

Costley’s role within the Library Development and Networking division has included creating and managing literary initiatives and reading programs throughout the state and working with public libraries in Virginia on their efforts to serve children, youth and families. She also has been involved in integrated technology efforts.

Costley also describes collaborative efforts with outside agencies, such as a science museum, the state parks department and an anti-hunger initiative, to develop and run programs for youth.

Prior to joining the Library of Virginia, she was children’s librarian at Hibbing Public Library in Hibbing, Minnesota, a position she took in January 1988.

Costley earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education and special education from Greenville College in Illinois and a master of library science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington.

She belongs to several professional organizations and has made at least seven presentations at state and national conferences since 2013.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.