The Atlantic City Free Public Library’s Board of Trustees has named staff member Melissa McGeary the library’s new assistant director.
The assistant director position had been vacant since 2016, when Robert Rynkiewicz left that role to replace Maureen Sherr Frank as Library Director after she retired.
McGeary began her career at the library in 2017 as a part-time library associate and climbed the ladder, earning new job titles and increasing responsibilities.
She became the Adult Service Librarian in 2018. She was promoted to Senior Librarian, Head of Adult Services in 2019 and held that title until becoming assistant director. Her many responsibilities have included supervising the Circulation Department and Richmond Branch Library, planning adult programs and developing the adult collection of materials.
McGeary has spearheaded many new library programs and initiatives in the last several years; also, she has written or co-written many grants that have resulted in new or expanded library services (including a new computer lab), and increased technology access for the public. Some of those accomplishments include:
- Received grant funding for many projects, including the Path to the American Dream Project, Communication Skills for the 21st Century, Atlantic City Digital Connection Project, Atlantic City Digital Skills Training Project, New Jersey State Library (NJSL) + Partners Literacy Grant Project and the Building Employment Skills Training (BEST) Program
- Brought NJSL Fresh Start @ Your Library program to the city to help formerly incarcerated individuals transition back into the community
- Co-founded Atlantic County Reentry Task Force
- Implemented a fine-free policy on overdue materials to make the library more inclusive
- Created a library collection development policy
- Developed new and diverse programs, including the Black Stories Matter Virtual Book Club
- Presented at the 2022 New Jersey Library Association Conference
“I hope to continue removing barriers to access and ensuring that the library is accessible and welcoming to all members of the community,” McGeary said. “A big part of that means reexamining some of the library’s policies and procedures to see where we need to improve to be more equitable and inclusive.”
McGeary earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Rutgers University in 2018. She also holds an Associate of Arts in Humanities from Atlantic Cape Community College and Bachelor of Arts in History from Stockton University.