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Interim library director Nicolay advances

Andrea Nicolay

Andrea Nicolay, interim director, has been appointed director of libraries for Arlington, effective Saturday, May 23, the town has announced.

A news release said Nicolay advanced following an internal screening process with members of the Board of Library Trustees and library staff.

Nicolay has served in the interim after Peter Struzziero, hired as library director in December, left in mid-February. Sources say Struzziero agreed to leave after the administration the fit was not right. In March, Belmont hired Struzziero to head its libraries.

Nicolay was hired as library assistant director/head of adult services in September 2012 and in 2013 continued as assistant director when that position was fully restored.

Last November, she was also interim director when Director of Libraries Ryan Livergood left his position for a new job in Illinois.

Library cards for 'all'

Asked for comment from YourArlington, Nicolay wrote: "It's an honor to be appointed director of libraries for Arlington, and I'm grateful for the chance to serve in this role.

"Over the past three years I've seen how much this community appreciates the Robbins and Fox libraries and how demand grows for more of everything: hours, technology, programs, e-books, and parking, always more parking. I believe I can do a lot of good here and I am fortunate to work with such a strong team of library pros. I want everyone in town, age 5 to 105, to have a library card and know what the library can do for them."

Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said in the news release: "Andrea has proven herself a steady and effective leader through an intense period of transition at the Library, and I was pleased she decided to come forward as a candidate.

"She is a great champion of the Library as a cultural center, and she's excited to advance the Library's long-range plans as director."

Before coming to Arlington, Nicolay worked for the New York Public Library, managing the Chatham Square Branch in Chinatown and prior to that serving as a reference librarian at the Mulberry Street Branch in Soho and at the St. Agnes Branch on the Upper West Side. She also has a professional background in book publishing.

Her accomplishments as interim director include facilitating the implementation of summer Saturday hours and overseeing the installation of two beehives on the third-floor balcony at the Robbins Library, an educational project funded by the Friends of the Robbins Library.

Nicolay has a master's degree in library science from Queens College, City University of New York, and a bachelor's degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross.

This story was published Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

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