Multnomah County Library selects three new executive leaders: Annie Lewis, Kirby McCurtis, Dave Ratliff

Appointments advance MCL realignment to more contemporary service model

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oct. 5, 2021. Last month, three executive leaders began new roles at Multnomah County Library as part of a management realignment to better support program and service delivery in line with the library’s guiding priorities. Those leaders and positions are Annie Lewis: Director of Community Services; Dave Ratliff: Director of Integrated Services and Kirby McCurtis: Director of Location Services (see full governance structure). Each of the three newly appointed directors report to Deputy Director Terrilyn Chun. 

Multnomah County Library’s new Community Services unit incorporates adult and youth learning; youth development; the library’s contact center; mobile library functions; new units that focus on community information, programming and events, culturally-specific community engagement and community learning (which also includes creative learning spaces and the library’s popular Summer Reading Program). 

Annie Lewis: Director of Community Services
Annie came to MCL in 2014 as the bilingual Spanish Youth Librarian at Fairview-Columbia Library and later served as Gresham Library Supervisor. Annie later served as Early Childhood Services Manager where she supervised a team of outreach staff and provided leadership for early childhood services systemwide. Since February of this year, Annie has served as an interim Neighborhood Libraries Director, providing leadership and support to eight library locations, and serving as the executive sponsor for the We Speak Your Language teams that provide service in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Annie holds an MLIS from the University of Washington.

The new Location Services unit consolidates MCL’s 19 libraries in five regional clusters and incorporates the library’s safety and security program. Regional groupings allow for better coordination among locations, including collections, programs and staffing. 

Kirby McCurtis: Director of Location Services
Kirby first joined MCL ‌in‌ ‌2012‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌Youth‌ ‌Librarian‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Cultural‌ ‌Competency‌ ‌at‌ ‌Midland‌ ‌Library. She piloted MCL’s Black‌ ‌Storytime‌ ‌programs and‌ ‌expand‌ed ‌the library’s ‌youth‌ ‌services‌ ‌connections‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Black‌ ‌community. She previously served in leadership roles at MCL, including managing the North Portland branch, as a manager overseeing multiple locations and as the interim director of the then-‌Programming‌ ‌and‌ ‌Outreach unit. Kirby is actively‌ ‌involved‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌American‌ ‌Library‌ ‌Association‌ ‌(ALA)‌ ‌and‌ ‌just‌ ‌finished‌ ‌a ‌term‌ ‌as‌ ‌President‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Association‌ ‌for‌ ‌Library‌ ‌Service‌ ‌to‌ ‌Children‌ ‌(ALSC).‌ Kirby holds ‌an ‌MLIS‌ ‌from‌ ‌UCLA‌.‌

The new Integrated Services unit groups systemwide services that include Technical Services, Cataloging, Collections Management and Interlibrary Loan; Sorting; and Circulation Services. 

Dave Ratliff: Director of Integrated Services
Dave began his career at MCL in 2004 at Central Library where, over the course of several years he managed a wide variety of sections and services housed in the building including Circulation, Stacks Services, Interlibrary Loan, Government Documents, Periodicals, Science & Business, Collections, Ask The Librarian, Reference and Collections. In recent years, Dave has served as Central Library Director and one of the Neighborhood Libraries directors providing support for Central, Belmont, Hollywood, Kenton, Northwest, North Portland, St. Johns, Sellwood-Moreland, the Contact Center and Safety and Security. Dave holds an MLIS from Louisiana State University.

“It’s been my distinct pleasure to work alongside Annie, Dave and Kirby in numerous capacities at Multnomah County Library over the years,” said Deputy Director Terrilyn Chun. “Each of them has distinguished themselves by doing amazing work during one of the most disruptive and challenging times in our organization's history. I have no doubt that they will continue to build solid foundations and strong connections to provide services that meet our community’s changing needs.”