Library director prepares for move

Only a short time will span between Alex Gutelius' move and the start of her new job as director of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.

Planning to move from a small town outside Toronto, Canada, when her children finish school Thursday, June 26, Gutelius, 42, will officially take her new post Tuesday, July 1.

This is a big move for me, said Gutelius, who has lived in Canada her entire life.

Gutelius will move with her husband and three children, who she said have shown varying degrees of enthusiasm based on their age.

Her husband, originally from Westchester County, is familiar with the area, and Gutelius has a good feeling as well.

"It seems like such a vibrant and live library," Gutelius said. "I'm excited to go into a community where the library is so central."

She said the library has several programs that seem to draw crowds, which she said shows how the town values the public library.

Board of Trustees President David Golden expressed his excitement about bringing Gutelius on board saying, "She brings the perfect mix of executive and library experience we need at this stage of our development."

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, librarians are able to easily obtain a Visa to work in either the United States or Canada by showing their degree and offer letter at the border.

Gutelius currently works at Vaughn Public Libraries as a director of service delivery where she oversees the staffs of several libraries and serves more than 250,000 residents in communities around Toronto.

Before working at Vaughn, she worked at a small public library in Canada for 10 years.

With her 18 years experience, Vaughn said she is not so concerned with the overall job, as much as with acquainting herself with the small differences in the community.

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