Heather Dieffenbach, acting director of Lexington Public Library, was named as the Lexington Public Library’s executive director. The Library’s Board of Trustees made this selection based on the recommendation of the Executive Director Search Committee—comprised of representatives from the Board of Trustees, the Board of Advisors, the Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, City Council, library staff and the community at large.
Dieffenbach began her career at Lexington Public Library (LPL) as a children’s librarian in 1998. She subsequently served as a children’s and youth services consultant and regional consultant for the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives before returning to LPL as the Northside Branch manager and director of operations. She was appointed acting director in March.
“Our public library system is a vital piece of our city’s infrastructure, and I am incredibly honored to have been selected to be the next executive director,” said Dieffenbach. “Libraries should be a place for everyone to learn, be that through reading, playing, gaming or gathering. I am excited to bring my expertise in special education and community relationships to lead the next phase in Lexington Public Library’s long history of service to this community.”
Dieffenbach received her Masters of Library Science from Indiana University Bloomington with additional studies in special education and fundraising. She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Lexington. As executive director, Dieffenbach will oversee six library facilities, a robust virtual branch and outreach services; engage with partners at the local, state and national levels to advance educational opportunities; and lead the Library’s 240 employees as the library seeks to connect people, inspire ideas and transform lives. She will also liaise with the Friends of the Library and the Lexington Public Library Foundation—support organizations that enhance Lexington’s public libraries through advocacy and private funding. Dieffenbach assumes the post immediately.