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Smathers named assistant director at Rutland Free Library

The Rutland Free Library announced, Friday, Dec. 7, the hiring of Randal Smathers as assistant director, effective Dec. 3, 2012.

Paula J. Baker, director of the library, made the announcement following an extensive search both locally and nationwide by a hiring committee that included Baker, members of the board of directors of the library, staff and the public. "We are excited to have Randal join our team at the library," said Baker. "I believe this is a good match that will benefit the communities we serve."

Smathers brings both management experience and local knowledge, having spent the past several years as editor of the Rutland Herald and most recently Manchester Newspapers in Granville, N.Y. He has also been active for that time in the community, serving on the boards of the Paramount Theater and the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition (RAPAC), as well as the branding committee of the Creative Economy group.

He is a graduate of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, with both a bachelor's and master's degree in English, and has worked in Moscow, Washington, D.C., and New Hampshire. Smathers lives in Rutland City with his wife and two sons.

Rutland Free Library is a nonprofit public library serving the communities of Rutland City, Rutland Town, Mendon, Ira and Tinmouth.