HOPKINTON — Town Manager Norman Khumalo is pleased to announce the hiring of new Library Services Director Nanci Hill.
Director Hill began her new position as Library Services Director at the Hopkinton Public Library on Dec. 13. In this position, Hill will be responsible for overseeing and managing a wide spectrum of programs, services and resources at the library and will oversee the day-to-day operation of the facility and staff.
“We are pleased to welcome Director Hill to the Hopkinton Public Library and greater-Hopkinton community,” Town Manager Khumalo said. “Director Hill brings with her a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective gained from all her work and experience over the years. We look forward to the passion she will bring to her new role as our Library Director and all the work she’ll accomplish.”
Director Hill first began her career in library services in 1999 as the Peabody Institute Library’s first full-time young adult librarian. She then went on to assume the role of adult services librarian at the Peabody Institute Library and is credited with curating the library’s Portuguese language collection. During her time at Peabody, she also ran a staff book group at Peabody Town Hall and another for the elderly at the Senior Center.
Hill then went on to work as the Head of Reference and the Head of Reader Services at the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen, as an Assistant Director at the Lucius Beene Memorial Library in Wakefield and at the Cary Library in Lexington, and as the Director of Library Services in Georgetown, Boxford and Dracut before joining the Hopkinton Public Library.
Throughout Director Hill’s career, she has also served in numerous leadership positions on the consortium, state and national levels. She has served as a past president and executive committee member of the Merrimack Valley Library Association, past president of the Massachusetts Library Association, and member of both the Public Library Association and the American Library Association. She has also received the Library Staff Advocate of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Library Association and was inducted into the Massachusetts Library Association Hall of Fame.
While a member of the Public Library Association, Director Hill co-edited the “Perspectives” column for the Public Libraries magazine for seven years. She also served as a representative to the Diversity Council, sat on the Rainbow List Committee and on the Eli Obler Awards Committee while serving as a member of the American Library Association.
In addition to her numerous leadership and committee roles, Director Hill has also published several pieces of written work. Her published work includes her self-written book “Reading Women: A Book Group Guide,” several articles on librarianship and a Christian-fiction column in the Library Journal and contributes to NoveList, a reader’s advisory database used by library staff and patrons.
“Nanci has long experience in serving library patrons at a high level. We are confident she will be a great addition to the Hopkinton Public Library community and I look forward to working with her,” said Susan Porter, Chair of the Board of Library Trustees.
Hill holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature from Bradford College.
“I’m thrilled to be working in Hopkinton in such a supportive and cooperative environment,” Director Hill said. “I am excited about the Select Board and Town Manager Khumalo’s commitment to diversity and, as such, I’m looking forward to increasing the diversity within our collections and programming. I’m also greatly looking forward to working alongside and partnering with the community, especially the Council on Aging to assist them in their efforts of taking care of those suffering from dementia and providing care for those with it.”