LION is grateful for the many contributions of Karen Roesler, who is retiring from the directorship of the Meriden Public Library after 11 years in the position. Prior to coming to Meriden, Karen spent 24 years as the Co-Director of the Wallingford Public Library. During her career-spanning association with LION, Karen served in a variety of critical roles, including multiple terms on the Executive Committee and the leadership of several task forces. Her colleagues in LION and across the State of Connecticut will miss a dedicated and innovative advocate of libraries.
After 11 years as the Director of the Essex Library Association, Richard Conroy is retiring. A major force in Libraries Online, Inc., during his tenure, Richard served as its president for two terms. He was instrumental in the foundation of LION’s delivery system, a major innovation for libraries struggling with customer service expectations resulting from diminished statewide service. Richard was active in many statewide leadership activities, including the presidency of the Connecticut Library Association and membership on the board of Southern Connecticut State’s Information and Library Science Advisory Board. Richard has improved library services for his constituents and those of LION, and we wish him nothing but the best in retirement.