New director of Grafton Public Library appointed

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New director of Grafton Public Library appointed
Thomas O’Connell (Photo/Courtesy)

GRAFTON – The Board of Library Trustees has appointed Thomas O’Connell as library director of the Grafton Public Library. 

O’Connell will be responsible for the management, operation and leadership of programs and services of the 25,000-square-foot library. He will oversee a professional, unionized staff of full- and part-time employees.

His prior experience includes working as manager of collection development and technical services at Springfield City Library; and librarian and technical supervisor of Integrated Library Systems at Mid-Hudson Library System in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

O’Connell served as assistant director/public services librarian at Owensboro Community College, Owensboro, Ky.; reference librarian at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Conn.; and reference librarian at Murray State University, Murray, Ky.

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O’Connell has a comprehensive knowledge of library policies and best practices, budget management, collection development, as well as his experience supervising union and non-union staff.

He holds a master of library science degree and bachelor of arts in geography from Southern Connecticut State University.

O’Connell will be joining the library in early June and has recently relocated to Upton.

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