COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has hired Grant Lynch as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). He begins his role at CML on Monday, April 10. As CAO, Lynch will report to the library’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), be responsible for providing visionary leadership to the library’s security, human resources and property management departments and serve on CML’s Executive Leadership Team.
“Grant’s passion for community service, combined with his extensive library leadership experience, will make him a great asset to CML,” said CML CEO Pat Losinski.
Lynch received his Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). He currently serves as executive director of the Waukesha Public Library in suburban Milwaukee.
He began his career as a high school English teacher in northern Virginia before joining UNC’s library system as director of its Community Workshop Series, overseeing library outreach. He later served as executive director of the Princeton Public Library in Princeton, Illinois.
The CAO is a new position for CML, providing an opportunity to balance the workload of executive leadership.
Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.
CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.