The Albany County Public Library Board of Directors has named Rachel Crocker as ACPL’s new library director. Crocker previously held the role of assistant library director, and she served as interim library director since May. Rachel joined the ACPL staff in January 2018.
“Rachel has impressed me the last 18 months as an assistant and interim director,” ACPL Board Chairman, Scott Shoop, said. “She has the intelligence, leadership, and management skills to be very successful in this position.”
Rachel has ample strategic planning and visioning experience, as well as sound knowledge of the three branches of Albany County Public Library and of the Albany County community. She’s taken a lead on budget preparation and library operations during her time at ACPL. Her financial and organizational management skillset are an asset to the library.
“Working with the staff over the last 18 months to serve our community has been such a pleasure, and I’m thrilled to take on this new role,” Rachel said. “I look forward to working with the staff, board, and community to continue the library’s great work and to create a vision for how we can best serve and adapt to the growth and changes in Albany County.”
Rachel graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Denver University. She formerly worked for Kansas State University teaching library instruction classes, doing community outreach, and conducting reference.
She also worked at IREX, an international education nonprofit, facilitating discussion and leading planning to assist public libraries in eight countries. Rachel’s skills helped libraries to develop initiatives that matched community needs. She worked primarily in the Philippines and Nigeria for the project.