Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System Names New Director

November 1, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Linda Mielke

November 1, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM EDT

Jamestown, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Linda Mielke of Oroville, Calif., has been named director of the  Chautauqua-Cattaraugus  Library System and the James Prendergast Library Association, effective Monday, Nov. 14.

She will succeed Catherine Way, who is retiring.       

In making the announcement, Mary Bivens, president of the System Board, said, “We look forward to working with Linda and upholding the high level of service for which the Library System has come to be known.” 

Mielke grew up in Detroit, where she began her career at the Detroit Public Library after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in library science from Wayne State University in Detroit.

“I’m anxious to get to Jamestown and start,” she said.

Since 2009, Mielke has served as director of libraries for Butte County Library, a Northern California public library system. She has also held key library positions in Florida, Maryland, Indiana, Texas, Oregon, Illinois, and Nevada.
She is an active member of the American Library Association and a past president of the Public Library Association.
Jacob Schrantz, president the Prendergast Library Board, said: “Catherine has been such a strong advocate and passionate leader for Prendergast Library and the System. We’re hoping, moving forward, that with Linda’s background in managing small, medium, and large libraries, our organizations will be well served under her direction.”

As one of 23 public library systems in New York, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System provides services such as ordering and processing to 36 members in the two local counties, including Prendergast Library in Jamestown and the Olean Public Library.