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Local man appointed Sault's big shot of books (7 photos)

Matthew MacDonald appointed permanent CEO/ director of public libraries

Matthew MacDonald is Sault Ste. Marie's big kahuna of books.

He's also our mogul of movies and magazines, duke of digital resources, and overlord of archives and everything else you'll find at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library's three locations.

MacDonald, who's served as acting chief executive officer/ director of libraries for the past two years, was appointed tonight to the permanent position effective Dec. 1.

The decision was made at a closed-door meeting of the library board at the new North Branch, which officially opened yesterday at the old Alexander Henry High School site on Northern Avenue.

MacDonald has a bachelor's degree in English from Acadia University and a master's degree in library and information science from University of Western Ontario.

He started his library career in 2008 at Cumberland Regional Library in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

MacDonald came to Sault Ste. Marie Public Library in May 2009 as children's services librarian and was appointed manager of public services in February 2015.

More library news:

  • Sault Ste. Marie Public Library is encouraging residents to bring old photographs of local buildings and streetscapes to the new North Branch, to help build its new archive collection. The images will be digitized with the originals returned to you. For more information call Kevin Meraglia, archive technician at 705-759-5447 or email
  • the Ontario government, through the Ministry of Francophone Affairs, has provided $9,848 to strengthen the local library's francophone offerings
  • most repairs and renovations are complete after last month's flood at the downtown James L. McIntyre Centennial Library. the only outstanding issues are in the lower level hallway and buffing of the floor.




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