COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has hired Charlie Hansen as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Hansen has served as interim CAO since the September 2018 departure of CML’s previous CAO, Grant Lynch.
As CAO, Hansen will report to the library’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), be responsible for providing visionary leadership to the library’s security, human resources and information technology departments and serve on CML’s Executive Leadership Team.
“Charlie’s passion for community service, combined with his extensive library leadership experience, make him a great asset to CML,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski.
Hansen has been with CML since 2014 when he was hired as one of the library’s four public services directors. Prior to his career at CML, Hansen served as director of the Granville Public Library.
The CAO position was designed to provide 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 Challenge 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 and career 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. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.