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Carolyn Swafford tapped as interim director at Ogdensburg Public Library

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OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Public Library has brought Carolyn J. “Lyn” Swafford on board as interim director as the institution continues its search for a full-time executive director.

Mrs. Swafford began March 3 and will serve until June 1 or until a new director is appointed. She will be working 30 hours a week at $30 per hour.

The library is accepting applications for the position until March 28.

The vacancy was created after the January resignation of former Director Wayne L. Miller.

Mrs. Swafford previously served 14 years as executive director of the Canton Free Library.

Born in Potsdam and raised in Norwood, Mrs. Swafford traveled around the United States with her husband, William, who served in the military. She received her master’s degree in 1990 from the University of Rhode Island.

Mrs. Swafford, who lives in South Colton, returned to the north country when her husband retired. After working in the library system in Canton, she jumped at the opportunity to continue in the field for a few more months.

“I wanted to continue in a position that I love,” Mrs. Swafford said, who left the Canton Free Library in May. “I still had some more work that I wanted to do.”

At Thursday’s library board of trustees meeting, Mrs. Swafford said, “I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to get back into my profession for a few months more.”

Mrs. Swafford said she hasn’t had any trouble getting acclimated to the new position.

“I’m loving it,” she said. “If I just didn’t have to drive an hour to get here, I would apply for the job. The staff has been wonderfully welcoming. They’ve been very helpful.”

Mrs. Swafford said does not intend to apply for the executive director position.

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