Randy Riley chosen to be next state librarian

Randy Riley chosen to be state librarian in Michigan; he coordinates Notable Books program
Posted on April 29, 2014 at 5:07 a.m.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A 24-year veteran at the Library of Michigan will be the next state librarian.

Randy Riley will succeed Nancy Robertson, who is retiring this week after almost a decade in the role. Riley is called a “librarian’s librarian” by state Superintendent Mike Flanagan, who made the announcement on Monday.

Riley is recognized as a leading family history librarian in the United States.

Riley has been the Michigan eLibrary coordinator and also coordinated the Notable Books program and Center for the Book. Riley says he’s looking forward to steering the library toward “new levels of innovative services, programs and technologies.”

Before joining the library in 1989, Riley was a substitute teacher at schools in Ionia and Montcalm counties and taught at the Valley School in Schwartz Creek.


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