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Monday, November 21, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
Director of Libraries Brenda Branch announced last week that she will be retiring, effective Dec. 31, 2016. For most of us, the news broke via a Nov. 15 memo from Interim City Manager Elaine Hart. According to the memo, the aptly named Branch began her career with the Austin Public Library in 1977 and has served as director since 1991. Hart wrote, “I am so appreciative of Brenda’s efforts during her tenure. She has cultivated a staff of creative, innovative, and dedicated employees, built a library system that provides outstanding service to Austin residents, and given endlessly to the community. She has dedicated not just her career, but her life, to literacy and public service. This community could not ask more of her.” Hart also said that she would appoint an acting director prior to Branch’s departure, with the position now joining the 25-odd percent of the city’s executive positions currently vacant or filled on an interim basis.
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