Sheila Schofer Named Ames Public Library Director

Sheila Schofer Named Ames Public Library Director

After a national recruitment, the Ames Public Library Board of Trustees has named Iowa native Sheila Schofer as the new director of the Ames Public Library. Schofer, who has worked for the Brooklyn, N.Y., library system for more than 20 years, will begin her tenure in Ames on May 31.

“We are delighted to welcome Sheila to this leadership role in Ames,” said Charles Glatz, Library Board President. “We are confident her previous experience and commitment to community-wide collaboration will continue to move our Library in the right direction. The many comments we received from the Library staff and public after meeting Sheila reflect the confidence I feel.”

Schofer joined the Brooklyn Public Library in 1996 and most recently served as Director of Neighborhood and Public Services. Previous positions with the Brooklyn Public Library include Regional Librarian – North East Region from 2012 to 2014, Coordinator of Young Adult Services from 2004 to 2012, Manager of Library Services – Children’s Specialist from 2003 to 2004, Regional Youth Services Specialist from 1999 to 2003, Assistant Branch Manager from 1998 to 1999, and Librarian from 1996 to 1997. Schofer has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in English and History from St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

“I am very excited to join the Ames Public Library and continue the long tradition of excellence,” Schofer said. “The Ames Public Library is a tremendous, well-run, and well-loved community asset. I’m looking forward to working with the staff, meeting community partners, and continuing to provide the quality programs and innovative services Ames library patrons expect.”

The Ames Public Library Director is responsible for all fiscal, operational, and personnel activities necessary to achieve the Library’s mission, goals, and objectives. The Library Director reports directly to the Library Board of Trustees. Former Library Director Lynne Carey retired after more than 35 years of service.