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Kathy Naftaly of Lake George named Crandall Library’s new director

Kathy Naftaly of Lake George takes a break from her duties Tuesday April 16 at Crandall Library — hours after the announcement of her promotion to the position of permanent director of the influential institution.
Photo by Thom Randall

Kathy Naftaly of Lake George takes a break from her duties Tuesday April 16 at Crandall Library — hours after the announcement of her promotion to the position of permanent director of the influential institution. Photo by Thom Randall Photo by Thom Randall.

— After a nationwide search to hire a new director for Crandall Library, the institution’s board of trustees has decided to select Kathy Naftaly of Lake George, the venue’s present acting director.

She’s served in the position since the retirement last July of long-time library director Christine McDonald.

The selection was announced by the board on Tuesday April 16. Naftaly starts in her new post May 1.

A 12-year employee of the library, Naftaly was serving as assistant director during the library’s moves in and out of temporary quarters while the extensive building addition and expansion project was underway.

Naftaly also coordinated implementation of Crandall library’s modern self-help materials checkout and computerized cataloguing systems. She has also garnered grants from such organizations as the National Science Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Naftaly lives in Lake George with her husband Phillip, a SUNY Adirondack professor, and their son.

Before moving to Warren County, Naftaly was assistant director of Rutland Free Library. While serving in the post, she was named Vermont’s “Cybrarian of the Year.”

Crandall Library has an annual budget exceeding $4.1 million, about three-quarters of it from public funding. Naftaly’s salary has not been set, but it’s expected to be within $75,000 and $100,000 annually.

Soon after the hiring decision for Crandall Library was announced on Tuesday, Naftaly said she was looking forward to serving in her position.

“I’m ecstatic,” she said. “I love this library, and I think the fit is going to be magical.”

She said that through her work, she’d be fulfilling her aim of giving back to the community — working to further Crandall library’s already remarkable regional influence through its many services and programs.

“My whole life, I’ve been a passionate advocate for libraries and the knowledge, culture, stability, connections and quality of life they bring to communities.” she said.

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