Abigail Elder graduated from Portland State University in 2008 with a Master's in Public Administration from the College of Urban and Public Affairs.
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Tualatin's library manager, Abigail Elder, will begin a new position as Beaverton's library director July 8.
"She's local -- she knows what we're doing," said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, noting that Elder lives in east Beaverton. "I think she'll be very engaged with the community."
Elder is a past president of the Oregon Library Association and a current member of an American Library Association committee on expanding library services for the elderly. She received a master's degree in library studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in public administration from Portland State University, according to a Beaverton press release.
Elder could not be immediately reached for comment.
She is set to take the helm of an expanding library system. The Beaverton Library Foundation is currently trying to raise $350,000 to expand the library branch at the Murray Scholls Town Center by 5,000 square feet.
The proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 includes a slight increase in library staffing, and the city plans to hire more staff members if the foundation succeeds in paying for the branch expansion.
Beaverton's current library director, Ed House, 64, is retiring after 13 years. During his tenure, House oversaw the opening of the Murray Scholls branch in 2010 and a recent switch to automated materials handling.
If Elder's contract is approved by the City Council, she will earn $100,164 with a 2.26 percent cost-of-living increase, according to city spokesman Bill LaMarche. House currently earns $115,956.
The city narrowed 22 initial applicants down to five finalists, Doyle said, though only four completed the interview process.
Elder has "been pretty darn innovative in her current position," Doyle said, joking that he would have to buy Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden dinner to apologize for the Tualatin library's loss.
Tualatin is preparing to recruit for a new library manager in the coming weeks, said City Manager Sherilyn Lombos.
Fenit Nirappil of The Oregonian contributed to this report.
-- Nicole Friedman