INTERIM DIRECTOR, HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY
Janet Mills serves as the interim director of Hennepin County Library (HCL). With HCL since 2000, she started as a part-time shelver and worked in other customer service and building and regional management positions before stepping into leadership roles for circulation services, library services, and currently as interim director.
Mills believes today’s public libraries are important community gathering places where all are welcome, and her priorities for HCL include support of equity, diversity and inclusion work, co-creation with community, and facilitating access to library services. As interim director, she serves on the MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) Advisory Board to promote cooperation among the eight member library systems in the Twin Cities metro. Mills also works closely with the Friends of Hennepin County Library, the library’s fundraising partner, to leverage their support of HCL’s strategic priorities.