Vernon Area Library welcomes new Library Director

The Vernon Area Public Library District is pleased to announce that Anne Rasmussen, MLIS, will serve as its next library director beginning September 12, 2022.

Rasmussen brings a strong track record of leadership, vision, inspiration and direction to the role.

In her more than 20 years of service in libraries, she has distinguished herself as a mission-focused leader with an eye toward delivering thoughtful library services that advance civic well-being and connection.

She comes to Vernon Area from Milwaukee Public Library, where she most recently served as Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Services.

Rasmussen holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University (Ohio), along with a second master's degree from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree from Saint Olaf College in Minnesota.

"The board was looking for an innovative thinker to help the library continue to meet the evolving educational, recreational and social needs of our community," said Library Board President Marc Fenton. "Anne demonstrated the passion for librarianship and openness to new ideas that the Board was seeking. We look forward to working with her to continue the library's tradition of excellent public service."

"I am thrilled to serve as Vernon Area Public Library District's next Director," said Rasmussen. "I look forward to learning from and listening to the community in order to best lead this stellar library forward."

The library board worked with John Keister and Associates of Vernon Hills, Ill., for the executive search. Rasmussen was one of eight candidates interviewed from a large pool of applicants. She succeeds Cynthia Fuerst, who retired in July after 13 years as head of the library.

Rasmussen currently resides in Kenosha, Wis., and will relocate to Illinois this fall.

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