Anne Birchwell, a veteran of Franklin County’s library system, is the new library director.

After a final meeting on November 18, the nominating committee of the Franklin County library board recommended Birchwell for the position. Chair Denise Butler said she was one of 11 applicants.

The committee consisted of Sondra Furbee of Apalachicola, Kate Aguiar of St. George Island and Christine Hinton of Lanark Village. Early in the nomination process, Butler stressed the importance of having countywide representation on the team that would choose the new library director.

On Nov. 19, Butler told county commissioners the committee’s recommendation and they voted unanimously to promote Birchwell to her new position. The audience erupted into applause when the motion passed.

Prior to the promotion, Birchwell was employed full-time as an assistant librarian. She has worked for the library system for more than six years. Most recently, she has been employed at the Carrabelle branch.

Birchwell, who lives in Carrabelle, will now divide her time between both branches. Prior to working for the county library, she was employed by Franklin County Literacy and the Wilderness Coast Library.

Birchwell holds a bachelor’s degree in library science and has committed to completing her masters degree over the next two years.

Birchwell, who will begin her new job on Monday, replaces Glenda Ondracek who retired Oct. 31. The county commission has budgeted $35,000 for the director’s position.

Butler said the library board would now advertise for a part-time assistant librarian. – By LOIS SWOBODA