Former Southington Library Director Joins State Library Board

Jay Johnston, now the director of the director of the Farmington Public Library, was appointed by Gov. Dannel Malloy last week.

Jay Johnston, the former director of Southington Public Library, will now have the opportunity to spread his love of learning and his knowledge of libraries on a state level after he was named to the State Library Board last week.

The Farmington Library director was selected from a list of qualified individuals, staff with the office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said, and his experience serving as the leader of active library communities in Farmington and Southington will serve well on the board according to a press release from Malloy.

Board Chairman John N. Barry, who also serves as a Southington Town Councilman, said he is very pleased with Johnston’s selection to the position.

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“Based on Jay Johnston’s career and knowledge of libraries and museums, the governor made an excellent choice for this important position," Barry said in a press release over the weekend.

Johnston has served as director of five different libraries in his four-decade career, and is known as an innovator and leader in library and museum work. He currently lives in Enfield.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to influence the future of libraries and museums in our state during these times of change for our public institutions,” Johnston said.

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