COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has hired Nate Oliver as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He begins his new role within the organization on Monday, Aug. 4.
As COO, Oliver will be responsible for overseeing the library’s information technology, property management and security departments.
Oliver, who received his Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State, has been with CML for more than 20 years in various roles. He currently serves as public services director, overseeing operations and services at Main Library, five CML branches and the library system’s InfoLine & Rovers division.
Prior to his work as public services director, Oliver served as assistant manager at the Northside Branch and as circulation manager at the Gahanna Branch. He also previously worked at the Reynoldsburg, Northern Lights and Whetstone branches.
Currently, Oliver is the Board Treasurer for the Discovery District Civic Association. He is a former board member for the Discovery District Special Improvement District and Columbus Rotary Club.
“Nate knows this organization inside and out,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “From his time serving as a page at the Whetstone Branch to his leadership as a public services director, he has embodied the passion and integrity that infuse our organizational values at CML. We are thrilled to have him assume this new role to help us better serve our customers.”
CML’s previous COO, Chris Taylor, left in 2012 to assume the role of director of Upper ArlingtonPublic Library, and the position was not immediately refilled.
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 Centers, 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.