Paula J. Miller, Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) executive director, will be leaving El Paso County’s library system to lead the Baltimore County Public Library System in Baltimore, Md., late this summer.
Miller assumed the role of executive director for PPLD in 2006. She leaves behind an award-winning district poised to transform library service with the opening of Library 21c, PPLD’s showplace for 21st-century library service.
Miller led the district during one of its biggest periods of transformation.
In 2007, the district completed renovation of the Old Colorado City Carnegie Library, a busy community library dedicated to serving the city’s west side. The project brought the historic building into the 21st century both technologically and structurally, while maintaining the integrity of the original design.
In August of that same year, PPLD opened the East Teen Center in the East Library. The ETC provides a space for teens that includes teen books and magazines, study rooms, computers, a gaming area.
In 2008, PPLD expanded services to seniors throughout the region with a new mobile services van. PPLD also purchased a new bookmobile, funded primarily from a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation. The bookmobile is used to service rural county locations.
In 2009, renovation on the Sand Creek Library was completed, providing increased computer access, PPLD’s first drive-through holds pick up, and expanded collections and meeting space.
In 2010, PPLD incorporated radio frequency identification technology (RFID) into its collection and all facilities. The district also opened the High Prairie Library in Falcon, a project funded in great part by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
In 2011, the Library Express, a vending machine stocked with popular books and DVDs, began operation in the First & Main Town Center, giving PPLD its first presence on the Powers corridor.
In 2013, Manitou Springs Public Library joined Pikes Peak Library District after a ballot initiative was passed by citizens of Manitou Springs in the November 2012 election.
Under Miller’s leadership, PPLD has been on the cutting edge of the national transformation of libraries into a new century, according to a news release. The innovative services and spaces our local libraries have been offering to individuals and businesses to learn, collaborate and succeed will be showcased in Miller’s signature accomplishment, the new Library 21c. It is a model that will expand to East and Penrose libraries and beyond to PPLD’s 11 community libraries. These improvements will be funded, in part, through the district’s ongoing $3.9 million capital campaign.
Kathleen Owings, president of the Pikes Peak Library District board of trustees, said, “Paula Miller and the PPLD staff have worked together with the board of trustees to develop a model for libraries to meet the resource needs of our community. After the grand opening of Library 21c this summer, we will continue to transform the other libraries in the district. Paula will now be able to take the concept of 21st- century library service into another community.”
The Pikes Peak Library District board of trustees will conduct a national search for Miller’s replacement.