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Date:
January 3, 2021
Time:
All Day
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New Year, New Library Director. Happy New Year from the Humboldt County Library!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

All we want for the New Year is to see you again soon. We miss you, Humboldt County friends, and we look forward to opening our doors to you when it is safe to do so again. In the meantime, may your New Year be bright and happy, and may all your wishes come true. Now that it's 2021, we'd like to introduce Chris Cooper, the new Director chosen for our Humboldt County Public Library System. Fortuna Library users will remember him as the friendly, dynamic librarian who headed the Fortuna Branch Library some years ago.

Chris Cooper
New Director of the Humboldt County Public Library System
The friendly smile of Humboldt County's Library Director in 2021

Recently, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors appointed Chris Cooper to the position of Director of Library Services. 

Cooper brings more than 20 years of library leadership with an emphasis on community engagement and collaboration. He has served as Library Director of the Nampa Public Library in Idaho and previously held positions as Assistant Director of Library Services and Supervising Librarian for the County of Humboldt. 

A graduate of San Jose State University where he earned his master’s degree, Cooper has broad experience in building organizational culture and strategic planning. He is committed to working closely with staff to support library development projects to enhance library spaces and collections and promoting libraries as community focal points.

As Director of Library Services, Cooper will be responsible for developing library policy, programs and budget. He will work closely with the Humboldt Library Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, other County departments, community-based organizations and other stakeholders to expand the reach of the library. Cooper was appointed as director on Oct. 30.

'I am enthusiastic and honored to serve the Humboldt County Library community during these unprecedented times,' said Cooper. 'I feel a great emotional connection to the people and place. Our library staff, Foundation, and Friends groups are passionate about their work, and committed to serving our community with increasingly diverse and vibrant programs, services, and events. Our staff has demonstrated great creativity, innovation, and flexibility as the library expands its services to the public during the pandemic.'