ACTON – City Manager John Mangiaratti and the Acton Memorial Library Board are pleased to announce that Maria Palacio has been selected as Library Manager.
Palacio comes to Acton from Chelmsford, where she worked as Assistant Director of Outreach Services at Chelmsford Public Library.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Montclair State University in New Jersey and her Masters of Information Science from Florida State University in Tallahassee. She has worked in library services for over 20 years, in positions of increasing responsibility.
While in Florida, she served as branch manager of a 40,000 square foot library, then became district manager overseeing the operations of six branches in a system of 13 libraries in southwest Florida.
Palacio has made great inroads in outreach and programs and services for new Americans and those without a traditional library background. In 2014, she was honored in Gulf Shore Business magazine’s 40 under 40. She also represented the United States at a multi-city library conference in Spain sponsored by the United States Embassy in Madrid.
As director, Palacio assumes the management of a library with an annual circulation of 525,000 copies, a budget of $1.47 million and a wide variety of community-oriented events and activities. She will be responsible for all library operations, including budget preparation and management, library collection management, staff selection and evaluation, and marketing and public relations.
She debuts in her new role on June 6.
“Thank you to the Acton Memorial Library Board and Principal Search Sub-Committee for their hard work and diligence in selecting the best solution for the library and the city,” said the City Manager. Mangiaratti. “I ask the community to join me in welcoming Maria.”
“I am honored to have been chosen by the Board of Directors and the City Manager to lead the Acton Memorial Library team,” Palacio said. “Every challenge and opportunity I’ve encountered throughout my career in public libraries has prepared me for this role as library manager and I’m excited to start.”