New Hanover County names Conners as Public Library Director

Posted October 14, 2022 at 12:40 pm     Category: LibraryNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Dana Conners, a North Carolina native with nearly three decades of experience working in public libraries, has been selected as the new Director for the New Hanover County Public Library system.  

Conners will assume the role on November 29 following the retirement of Paige Owens from the position. Owens retired at the end of September after serving as Public Library Director since June 2019 and working in various roles throughout the New Hanover County library system for the last 22 years.  

“Our Public Library serves as a model around the state and country for its dynamic programming, forward-thinking initiatives, and inclusive focus on learning and education, and that is thanks to our dedicated library team and the leaders we have had,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “And I believe we have found the right person to take the helm and continue this great work. Dana is an expert in her field with a proven track record for growing the quality of service everywhere she’s been. So, I look forward to her joining the New Hanover County team and seeing the library’s continued growth under her leadership.” 

A Charlotte native, Conners earned her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State and her Master of Library and Information Studies from UNC Greensboro.  

Most recently, she served as Assistant Director of Public Services with the Austin (TX) Public Library system, and prior to that she worked within several North Carolina Public Library systems including Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Iredell, Union, and Cabarrus counties. Among her roles, she served as acting Library Director in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Library Director for Cabarrus County.  

She was named the 2012 North Carolina Public Library Director of the Year and is active in numerous professional organizations, including the America Library Association, and holds North Carolina Public Library Certification.  

“I am honored to have this opportunity to oversee one of the best public library systems in the state and work with the library’s dedicated and talented staff,” Conners said. “I have long admired the impact that New Hanover County Public Library has made on this community, and I look forward to continuing the library’s great programs and services while also finding new and exciting ways to engage our community.” 

For more on the New Hanover County Public Library, click here.   

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