The Portland Public Library has named Sarah Moore, a library director from Indiana, as its next executive director.

Moore will start on April 19.

Sarah Moore, the next executive director of the Portland Public Library Courtesy Portland Public Library

“I’m really excited to get there,” said Moore, 39, in an interview Tuesday night. “Portland is such a wonderful place. I love the diversity I saw there and the arts.”

Moore will replace Sarah Campbell, who left in September after 21 years with the library and who became executive director in 2015.

“Sarah brings immense library experience – from initiating and implementing a campaign to expand the branch system and establishing a human resources department,” said Anne Dalton, president of the Portland Public Library’s board of trustees, in a news release.

“We were particularly impressed with how she builds creative partnerships that extend the library’s research into the community. We are eager to welcome her to Portland.”

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Campbell earned a salary of $120,068, according to the city of Portland. Dalton said Moore will be paid within the $110,000 to $125,000 range, but would not provide an exact salary.

Moore is coming to the city from Zionsville, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, where she has served as executive director of the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library since 2018.

She said she has always loved Maine and fell in love with Portland while visiting this past summer.

“I saw the position and was very excited,” she said. “I thought it could be an opportunity to come to Maine and be a part of this diverse and exciting place.”

The Portland library said Moore is passionate about conservation and outdoor spaces and “sees plenty of opportunities for libraries to work together with other organizations in these areas” in Portland. She also has experience expanding services for underserved communities.

She said she hopes to listen and get to know the community when she arrives, and said the library will also be undertaking a strategic planning process. “I hope to help to continue to make the library a destination that reaches out to everyone in Portland,” she said.

The Portland Public Library is the largest public library system in Maine, with three branches, about 70 employees and an annual budget of $5.2 million.

Moore earned her master’s degree in library and information science at Indiana University – Bloomington and for the past 21 years has held positions at both public and academic libraries in Ohio, Colorado and Indiana.

Moore has a family history in Maine that dates back to before the Revolutionary War, the release said. She is an animal lover who enjoys painting, lapidary, exploring the outdoors and, of course, reading.

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