“We were looking for somebody who had director experience,” Widmer said. “He had a lot of good ideas he talked about during the interview”
Hagen replaces Deborah Loiacono, who left to take a job in Westlake. Lauren Lemmon, the fiscal officer and assistant director, has been filling in as the interim director.Hagen will take over a library that has expanded its boundaries. Voters on South Bass Island and the other islands and in Danbury Township will join Port Clinton voters in deciding the fate of the library’s levy proposal on the May 6 ballot.
The board and library officials have plans to expand its offerings in Danbury Township and at its Put-in-Bay location.
Hagen said Friday the opportunity to help the library continue its growth was one of the things that attracted him to the job.
“They are very excited about the prospects of change,” he said, referring to Rupp’s board. “Looking for new ideas to build upon what they have, that was really attractive”
Hagen said Rupp and Tiffin both belong to the same library consortium, the SEO Library system, which has member libraries throughout Ohio.
Libraries today must balance the traditional model of offering books and other materials and providing traditional programming with the need to do more outreach, offer different types of programming and provide digital offerings, Hagen said. He said Tiffin, like Rupp, has digital materials library card holders can access anywhere.
The boards at both libraries understand libraries need to adapt for changing times, he said.
Hagen has been the director in Tiffin for about three years. He is a native of St. Louis and earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University.