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New director approved for Forsyth Countys library system

CUMMING — Though the vote Monday night was no surprise, the Forsyth County Public Library Board of Trustees approved the system’s new director.

As of Dec. 19, Anna Lyle will become the second person to hold the top position. She previously held the role of assistant director of support services for 11 years.

The library board announced last month that Lyle was the sole candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant position. She will succeed Jon McDaniel, who is set to retire after serving as the director since the library system became independent from Gwinnett County in July 1996.

“I think she will be the next great library director in the state,” McDaniel said. “She’s already got the reputation.”

Lyle will inherit a public library system that has grown from a lone branch in Cumming to four locations with a robust eLibrary collection. Two of the four branches have opened since 2010, with the library collection now totaling nearly 400,000 items.

More than 69,000 Forsyth County residents are library cardholders, creating some of the highest circulation rates in Georgia.

“We’re sad to see Jon go, but I think he has left someone well-trained in his place,” said Mary Helen McGruder, who chairs the library board.

With 22 years of public library experience, Lyle served as the system’s human resources manager from 1999 until her promotion to assistant director in 2004.

She was previously employed at Gwinnett County Public Library as a staff services manager and an information specialist.

She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a master of arts in art history from Emory University and a bachelor degree in art history from Furman University.

She also holds a certification as a senior professional in human resources by the HR Certification Institute, as well as a current license from the Georgia State Board for the Certification of Librarians.

“It will be my honor and privilege to be the second director of the Forsyth County Public Library,” Lyle said. “Jon McDaniel has ensured [it] is well-positioned to meet the growing demand for library services in Forsyth County.

“[The system] has a fantastic staff, strong leadership from the board of trustees and the invaluable support of Forsyth County government. I look forward to leading the library as we continue to deliver new traditional library services, promote reading and digital literacy … and provide inviting spaces for learning and collaboration.”