February 6, 2023

Ian Parsells during his interview with the Board of Selectmen

January 25, 2023 | Contributed by the Weston Public Library Board of Trustees

After an extensive search process, the Weston Public Library Board of Trustees announces that Ian Parsells has been unanimously approved by the Board of Selectmen as the new Director of the Weston Public Library.

Mr. Parsells, an innovative and respected leader in the field, has served as Senior Librarian/Director of the Derby Neck Library Association in Derby, Connecticut, since 2011 and is a member of the Bibliomation Board of Directors.

He has also served as a strategic community ambassador, leveraging partnerships to develop programs and services tailored to the needs of his clients.

“Ian has proven to be a creative, responsive, dynamic and thoughtful leader,” said Lori Goertz, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “He comes to us with the experience and talent to nurture and grow the library’s services and programs, which are driven by the needs of the community. We are delighted to welcome him to Weston.”

The Board thanks the members of the search committee and Helene Murtha Dooley for her support as an advisor throughout the process. Thanks also to Marian Amodeo for her contributions.

“I am more than honored and fortunate to have been selected for the position of Director of the Weston Public Library,” said Mr. Parsells. “Thank you to everyone involved in the selection process for their hard work and trust in me to take on this great responsibility. I look forward to working with the staff, Library Board, Friends of the Weston Library, City Hall and community partners to continue to provide excellent service, collections and programs to the Weston community.”

Mr. Parsells began his library career in 2010 as a Teen Reference Librarian at Glen Rock Public Library in New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Ramapo College and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.

First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor said, “Our library is the heart of our community and we look forward to what the future holds under Ian’s leadership.”

Mr. Parsells fills the position vacated by Karen Tatarka, who is now Librarian at UConn Hartford Library. He will begin his role on March 6th. A reception will be held to give the community an opportunity to introduce themselves and welcome Mr Parsells to Weston.

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