Litten named Arlington’s library director

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UPDATED Sept. 16: Anna Litten has been appointed as Arlington’s new library director, assuming the position that Andrea Nicolay vacated in July, when she left to head the Albany, N.Y., library system. Litten is to start her new role on Monday, Sept. 19.

She moved up to the assistant library director position in 2018 after she was librarian of the Fox Branch.

“Ms. Litten brings a wealth of experience and passion to Arlington’s libraries," Town Manager Sandy Pooler said in a town news release Sept. 15. “In her years as the assistant library director, she spearheaded many successful programs and initiatives that have only enriched the Arlington community.”

The library director oversees the operations of the Robbins and Fox Branch libraries, including managing the budget and developing the library's collections and its many services. 

As assistant library director, Litten successfully managed many growing service demands of the library. She also organized the annual community-read programs, and she oversaw the most recent website redevelopment. 

“I look forward to ensuring Arlington libraries continue the rich tradition of serving the needs of all in our community,” Litten said in the news release. "I am very lucky to be able to continue working with the dedicated library staff and the library trustees, as well as our support groups, as we move into a new phase for the library.” 

Her annual salary will be 104,673, Caryn Molloy, head of resources, wrote in response to a YourArlington query. The annual salary for the assistant director was $73,110 in 2018.

Members of the selection team included Stephen Quinlan, library trustees' chair; Jim Feeney, deputy town manager/operations; Caryn Malloy, town human-resources director; Koren Stembridge, director of Cary Memorial Library, in Lexington; Jillian Harvey, town director of diversity, equity and inclusion; Pam Watts-Flavin, Robbins' head of children’s services; and Tom Quinn, Robbins' head of circulation.  

Before coming to Arlington, Litten served as community-relations coordinator for the Morse Institute Library in Natick and as the training and outreach librarian for the Wellesley Free Library.

She holds a B.A. in history from Grinnell College and a master's in library science from Simmons University Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Litten is a member of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association.  

In her free time, Litten enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with her family, the release stated.

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This news announcement was published Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, based on information from a town news release. It was updated Sept. 16, to add salary information.

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