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Fox librarian promoted to assistant director of libraries

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UPDATED, July 5: Anna Litten has been named the assistant director of libraries, and her first day in the new role was Monday, July 9.

Patrons of the Fox Branch Library will recognize her: She got her start in Arlington’s libraries a year ago, when she was hired as branch librarian.

During her time at the Fox, she successfully implemented Saturday services, managed a popular collection of materials for adults, teens and children, and forged strong ties with East Arlington residents and businesses.

As assistant director, she looks forward to supporting library services on higher level. In a July 3 news release, Litten said, “I believe public libraries have an important role in the social, cultural, and economic development of a community, and I look forward to taking on the challenge of helping to plan and evaluate library services for all of Arlington.”

In Arlington, the assistant director of libraries works with the director, Andrea Nicolay, to develop and work toward the library’s long-range goals. The assistant director manages the library’s outreach efforts and public relations, performs outreach to local businesses and community groups, and represents the library at meetings of various Town boards and commissions.

The assistant director also coordinates cultural and educational events geared to adults, often in partnership with community organizations. The annual salary for the assistant director is $73,110.

Previous Assistant Director Maura Deedy left Arlington in April to become a library advisory specialist working with trustee and friend groups for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Litten’s career in public libraries has spanned 20 years. She has worked in youth services at the Milton Public Library, outreach and technology education at the Wellesley Free Library and community relations for the Morse Institute Library in Natick.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from Grinnell College, and earned her master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College.

“In Anna’s work at Fox Library and in various committees, I’ve seen her extraordinary communication skills and her ability to motivate and lead. We’re very lucky to have her,” Nicolay said in the release. 


This news announcement was published Wednesday, July 4, 2018, and updated July 5, to add salary and where the previous assistant went.

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