• New librarian to work on building improvements
    By Gordon Dritschilo
    Staff Writer | September 02,2014
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    Abby Noland is the new director of the Rutland Free Library. Noland replaces Paula Baker, who retired.
    When she saw a job listing in Vermont, Abby Noland did what a librarian does.

    We did a lot of research, the new director of the Rutland Free Library said. Its the second happiest state in the U.S. Its the second healthiest state in the U.S.

    Nolands daughter is starting as a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, so the family capped off its research by passing through Rutland on the way through for a campus visit.

    When we hit Vermont, my kids were like, Oh, Mom, this is it, she said. They fell in love with Rutland.

    Nolands first day was Aug. 18. She was still settling in last week.

    Im trying to acclimate, she said. I cant get used to this office its so big.

    Noland arrives from the Preble County, Ohio, library system. During her time there she oversaw the conversion to a consortium catalog a more intense version of inter-library loan. She said Rutland has already made that conversion, and that she is spending her time getting a feel for the local system.

    I am taking everything in, she said. I am going to work with my staff on the internal goals. I absolutely want to work with the board on the overall goals of improvements to the building.

    Rutland quickly impressed her with how welcoming it was.

    We moved in, all the neighbors greeted us, asked what do you need, she said. Its got that small-town atmosphere, but its more sophisticated. The cafes, the galleries, the small shops, the music, the farmers markets theres always something going on.

    Also welcoming, Noland said, has been her predecessor, the newly retired Paula Baker. Baker stayed on for a few extra days to help Noland with the transition.

    Shes an incredible mentor, Noland said. I am amazed at what shes done in the community. I am eager to stand on the shoulders of giants. I can never fill her shoes.
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