Eastern Shores Library System announces that it has hired Amy Birtell as its new director effective July 7, 2014. Ms. Birtell succeeds David Weinhold who served as system director from 1991 to 2012 and as interim director since – from 2012 to the present. Mr. Weinhold devoted over 37 years of service to libraries, at the Sheboygan Falls Memorial Library, the Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, and at Eastern Shores.
Ms. Birtell has been the library director at the Clinton Public Library in Clinton, Iowa since 2011. She held library director positions in Iowa public libraries since 2002. Ms. Birtell holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wyoming and masters degree in library and information science from the University of Iowa.
Eastern Shores Library System is a federated library system established in 1987. The system is comprised of Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties which have a population of more than 200,000 people. All 13 municipal libraries in the two counties are members of Eastern Shores Library System. The system assists the member libraries in serving their residents more effectively, in large part by maintaining an integrated card catalog system which makes the entire collections of the member libraries available to any resident of the two counties, by fulfilling requests for materials from other libraries through a delivery service which moves the materials from library to library, and by operating a bookmobile that serves areas without a local library. Eastern Shores Library System is headquartered at 4632 South Taylor Drive in Sheboygan.