Jason LeDuc Coming to HCRW

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Mar 2, 2017 Comments Off on Jason LeDuc Coming to HCRW Brandon

Jason LeDuc was announced in September, 2015, The new Dothan-Houston County Library System Director. Jason LeDuc was one of the two finalists for the position, narrowed down from a field of 22 applicants.He replaced longtime Director Bettye Forbus, who retired earlier in 2015.

The 44-year-old Toronto native worked with public libraries across North America for Counting Opinions to help librarians analyze data used to better serve their communities.

Jason brings to this position more than 15 years of administrative, community engagement and public library experience.

Jason’s broad background provides a solid platform to address the rapidly changing trends in library service. As Director he will be responsible for a library system that includes four locations; the Houston/Love Main Library in downtown Dothan and branches located in Westgate Park, Ashford and Columbia. The system also operates a bookmobile serving Houston County residents.

Mr. Steve Roy, Chair of the Library Board stated that, “We are excited about having Jason come on board as our Director. His knowledge of and the utilization of technology in the library setting will be exciting for the community to experience and his enthusiasm for his profession will be contagious for our staff and our patrons.”

Jason “looks forward to building on what has already been significantly accomplished by the community over the past few years and continue to enhance, develop and deliver the innovative and relevant library services and programs that all the residents of Dothan and Houston County can enjoy” Mr. LeDuc’s previous experience includes management of front-line service and coordination of day to day activity as a Branch Head in the Toronto Public Library System.
He has worked in an administrative capacity at the Brooklyn Public Library and as the Collection Development Manager in Naperville, IL. He will continue his mission to engage civic leaders in the value of the public library while meeting the needs of the community with the latest technology, programming and materials.

Expanding programming to reach all residents in Houston County will be a goal of his while maintaining a technology rich community center for residents. Mr. LeDuc received a BA from St. Michaels College in Toronto and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

During public interviews, Jason LeDuc pointed to a 10-step strategy he’d bring to the position, including aligning library services with community goals, developing “cradle to the grave” relevance and focusing on digital literacy.

“Anyone that walks into the library or visits the virtual side needs to know there’s something at the library that’s relevant to them. My 105-year-old grandmother had some vision problems, and the public library in Michigan has accommodated her getting audio books from the Library of Congress. It helped make her life more joyful.”