Erich Reed will be the director of the Southwest Harbor Public Library beginning in June. PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTHWEST HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

SWH Public Library names new director

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Erich Reed will begin work as the Southwest Harbor Public Library’s new director on June 18, the library’s trustees announced Friday.

Reed has been the librarian at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill for 12 years. Prior to that, he was assistant director at the Blue Hill Public Library. He holds a master’s in Library Science from Dalhousie University and a bachelor’s in American Studies from Brandeis University. He moved to Mount Desert Island with his family several years ago.

“In the past few years since my family moved to MDI, I’ve loved getting to know the Southwest Harbor Public Library as a vibrant community hub,” Reed said. “I look forward to engaging with the community and staff to continue the library’s role as a cultural center and a public resource for lifelong learning.”

Longtime director Candy Emlen retired in March, and the board of trustees conducted a nationwide search for a new director. Kate Pickup-McMullin, who has been the library’s assistant director since 2012 and a part of the library system for 16 years, has been serving as interim director.


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