Teton County Library

Although library curbside pickup services will continue, the Jackson and Alta branches are opening to limited numbers of people next week. Patrons can sign up for 45-minute windows of browsing time.

Teton County Library has chosen a new director, its sixth in four years, counting interim heads.

The library announced late last week that Oscar Gittemeier will take the reins July 13. Gittemeier worked for 12 years in the Fulton County Library system in the Atlanta area.

He was most recently an adult outreach manager, but he has held several managerial roles in the Fulton County system, including as a branch manager and assistant branch manager. A library press release lauded Gittemeier’s experience as an administrator and skills as a program developer.

“He stood out as our top choice during the several-month interview process because of his unique combination of demonstrated leadership of staff and outreach to stakeholder groups of all sizes,” Library Board Chairman John Hebberger Jr. said in the release.

Gittemeier also brings library advocacy experience. He served as a privacy advocate in 2019 for the Library Freedom Project, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving patron privacy. He is also the vice president for the Georgia Library Association.

Gittemeier is excited to spend time in the mountains.

“I look forward to joining the Jackson Hole community and connecting with the Board of Trustees, Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, staff and library supporters,” Gittemeier said in a statement. “I am excited to collaborate with cultural institutions, community officials, local businesses and non-profits to build on the existing library innovation, programs and services.”

Until the newly anointed director arrives, interim director Ari Goldstein will remain in the role.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

(1) comment

Tim Rieser

Welcome to the area to the new director. And library, let’s make systemic changes so we don’t lose this one too.

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