News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

December 12, 2012

Vigo County Library board hires new director

TERRE HAUTE — The Vigo County Public Library Board of Trustees on Monday selected Kristi Howe, a public library director in Beloit, Wis., to become the VCPL’s new director.

Howe, who begins her duties Feb. 1, will replace Nancy Dowell, who has been the library’s director for the past 13 years.

“I think we picked a great director,” said library board president Hank Metzger at a special meeting Monday night of the library’s board of trustees. The board voted unanimously to select Howe, who emerged from a search conducted by a Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates, a professional search firm hired by the library board in September.

Howe was the top choice from a field of about 25 applicants, Metzger said. The final three applicants were interviewed Nov. 30 by the full, seven-person library board.

Howe is presently director of the Beloit Public Library in Beloit, Wis., a city of about 37,000 people. She was hired into that position in August 2010. Before that, Howe was head of youth services at the Helen Plum Memorial Library in Lombard, Ill.

A native of Terre Haute who grew up in Casey, Ill., Howe has a bachelor’s degree from Eureka College, Eureka, Ill., and a masters in library and information science from Dominican University, River Forest, Ill.

“I am both excited and humbled by this appointment and I look forward to the opportunity to work with the staff and stakeholders of the Vigo County Public Library as we serve the residents and community partners of Vigo County,” Howe said in a news release provided by the library board Monday night.

After voting to hire Howe, the library board took a moment to express thanks to Dowell for her years of service to the library. Metzger said Dowell, who has worked at the VCPL for the past 28 years, helped lead the library into the technology-driven 21st century.

Dowell, who announced her resignation in August, was not present at the meeting, which was attended by more than a dozen library employees eager to learn the identity of the new director.

Dowell has stated she will remain at the library until a new director is ready to take over.

n Also Monday evening, the library board voted to approve a payment of $187,568 to 3M Library Systems of St. Paul, Minn., for new automated charging and returning equipment. The new equipment is part of an approximately $200,000 renovation of the library that will also provide new flooring, new security equipment and a paging system.

The library board’s next public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the main branch downtown. The board is made up of seven volunteers. Three are appointed by the Vigo County School Board, two by the Vigo County Council and two by the Vigo County Commissioners.

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk
NDN Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Swiftair Loses Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010