The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall is pleased to welcome Rachel Moore as its new Library Director. Ms. Moore comes to the “Carnegie Carnegie” from Western Allegheny Community Library in Oakdale, where she served as head of the Youth Services Department.
Ms. Moore received her Master of Library & Information Sciences degree at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, she focused on library management, information management, library services to children and teens and collection development. Ms. Moore received her BA at Allegheny College, where she majored in History and English.
“We had several strong candidates interview for the position,” said ACFL&MH Executive Director Maggie Forbes, “How wonderful to have choices!” Ms. Moore impressed the search committee on several levels – her enthusiasm for community- building and the central roles that libraries can play in that, her openness to partnering with community stakeholders and forging new stakeholder relationships and her commitment fostering a love of life long-learning.
“The latter is central to the Library & Music Hall’s Mission,” said Forbes, “and needs to be central to how we operate the Library and interact with the community.” The search committee was also impressed by Ms. Moore’s appreciation of Carnegie itself. She expressed enthusiasm for the Carnegie’s walkable Main Street, the Library’s location at the center of town, and for the long history shared history by the Library and its Borough.
“I’m so thrilled to join the Carnegie Carnegie team! After just a week on the job I feel like I am really starting to fit in,” says Ms. Moore, a Polish Hill resident. “Carnegie is such a special town and so lucky to have a beautiful, historic building like the Library & Music Hall. I’m looking forward to getting more involved and invested in the community and serving the needs of Carnegie’s residents.”
As head of the Youth Services Department at Western Allegheny, Ms. Moore designed and executed programming for 15,000 patrons annual. She expanded outreach programming considerably to include Library visits to the local middle and high schools, as well as to ten area pre-schools and day care centers. Because Western Allegheny served a geographically far flung area, Ms. Moore also learned how to drive the “Library Bus.”
“That last has my mind spinning, but we’ll give Rachel a chance to get acclimated to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library before exploring what doors bus-driving might open,” laughed Ms. Forbes.