CORNWALL, Ontario – This week is Library Week across the province. To celebrate the occasion, the Cornwall Library introduced their new CEO, Helen McCutcheon at an event on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.
McCutcheon was born in Sarnia, ON, and raised her family in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. She comes to Cornwall after leaving her previous position as the director of a regional library network in Yorktown, Sask. McCutcheon is taking over as CEO of the Cornwall Library from Dawn Kiddell, who retired earlier this year.
McCutcheon praised her new town and her new library as being beautiful and centrally located.
“This library is the perfect size and the staff are fabulous,” she said.
McCutcheon explained that one of her first steps in her new position will be to prepare for strategic planning for 2020. She said she hoped to lay out a vision for the Cornwall Library for the next five years.
“We will be engaging with staff and the public to ensure that we are prioritizing valuable public services,” McCutcheon said.
One thing she hoped to expand was the Cornwall Library’s suite of electronic resources, especially for those interested in learning more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). McCutcheon was also impressed with the already existing Library of Things, which allows members of the public to checkout non-conventional items from the library the same way they would a book, electronics for example.
“This is already a very vibrant and well used library,” McCutcheon said.
Tours of the library were also held on Wednesday as a part of Ontario Library Week to help educate the public on the services the Cornwall Public Library offers.