Anne Marie is one of the great ones in Ontario.  FOPL wishes her all the best and we’re thrilled that she’ll continue to contribute to APLL.


Anne Marie Madziak – Retirement Announcement

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Southern Ontario Library Service wishes to announce the retirement of Anne Marie Madziak from the position of Training & Consulting Director, effective July 31, 2020.

Anne Marie joined SOLS as a Small Library Consultant in February of 1994, eventually doing a range of consulting, training, and facilitating with libraries of all sizes. More recently, she designed the APLL Institute, a two-year certificate program in public library leadership, wrote several articles for Municipal World, and helped build the Governance Hub, as the one place to look for governance information.

In reflecting on her career and her time at SOLS, Anne Marie commented:

It might sound cliché, but it truly has been a privilege to work with so many CEOs, staff, and board members, from public libraries that span southern Ontario, from small and rural, to large and urban, and everything in between. Together, we’ve assessed problem situations, come up with creative solutions, and reached for new levels of excellence, all with a view to improving library service, facilitating change, and building stronger communities. 

While we will greatly miss Anne Marie on the Training and Consulting team, we are beyond thrilled to also announce that Anne Marie will continue to run APLL for one more cycle, on a part-time basis. The move will allow her to continue to play a pivotal role in shaping future and current library leaders across the province. Over the last 10 years, she has been instrumental in building the leadership capacity of senior library staff and new CEOs. Come February 2021, she will be there to welcome another new cohort to APLL.

Finally, on a personal note, I want to say what a great honour it has been to work alongside Anne Marie. While we have very distinct styles, I have enjoyed the many varied conversations we’ve had about the future of public libraries and the nature of leadership. They have always been stimulating, engaging, and thought provoking. I can truly say that she has left her indelible mark on public libraries, their staff, and their boards across the province, and me.


Barbara Franchetto
CEO | Directrice générale

Southern Ontario Library Service
Service des bibliothèques de l’Ontario – Sud