The Huntington Memorial Library Board of Trustees has selected the next director of Oneonta’s public library, the mayor told the Common Council on Tuesday night.
Christina “Tina” Winstead, director of the Newfield Public Library for more than five years, will start Aug. 26, Mayor Dick Miller said at the meeting in City Hall. He referred to a letter from Ann Adamo, chairwoman of the Huntington Memorial Library board.
Winstead will replace Marie Bruni, Huntington Memorial Library director who is retiring after more than 30 years. Bruni has offered to assist in the transition period and will retire in early September, Adamo said in her July 16 letter.
“The Board of Trustees is grateful to retiring Director Marie Bruni for the outstanding service she has provided to our library and patrons,” Adamo wrote to Miller. Winstead’s starting salary will be $55,000, according to a media release.
Bruni’s salary was $78,000 as of Jan. 1, according to Civil Service records.
Winstead’s skill set includes communication, collaboration, program development, instruction, research and management, according to Adamo’s letter, and “her impressive application was supported by excellent references.”
Under Winstead’s direction, the Newfield Public Library experienced a 73 percent increase in people visiting the library and a 37 percent increase in circulation, the letter said. She led projects including a teen technology club, a series of events for the town’s bicentennial celebration in collaboration with the Newfield Historical Society and town board, an expanded summer reading program, a grant-funded college preparatory workshop for high school students and an expanded marketing approach, including a greater website presence.
Winstead collaborated with five other libraries in Tompkins County to launch a single, countywide common library-card initiative, and she was awarded special recognition for system advocacy by the Finger Lakes Library System.
Winstead said she completed her master of library and information science from Syracuse University in December and she found out from the university about the opening in Oneonta. Winstead said she is eager to hear views about the Oneonta library and its needs.