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Scandling Named Director of Bremen Public Library

August 28, 2018
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Chris Scandling Director Bremen Public Library 8-28-2018Bremen Public Library Interim Director Chris Scandling was officially named Director by the Board of Trustees during their August 27 meeting.

“Chris Scandling has proven to be a dynamic and meticulous employee who serves the Bremen community with his outstanding work ethic,” said Board of Trustees Secretary Jen Heiter. “He has quite the ‘hat’ collection from all of the roles he fills.”

Scandling had been serving as interim director of the library since June 25. Previously, he served as the library’s first-ever Young Adult Librarian, coming on board with BPL on March 1, 2016. Career highlights during his time as YA Librarian include founding a young adult volunteer program and launching a blog that provides the young people of Bremen their own voice in the community. His efforts also strengthened partnerships with community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Bremen, the Bremen Kiwanis Club and Bremen Public Schools.

“Chris has shown great enthusiasm and commitment to our library and community,” said Kim Meyer, member of the BPL Board of Trustees. “We are excited to have him take leadership in this role as our new director.”

He holds a State of Indiana Librarian Level 5 Certificate and is continuing his graduate-level studies in working toward obtaining a Level 4 Certificate. He also holds both bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University.

A native of South Bend, Scandling’s career history includes positions with Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, St. Joseph County Public Library and Potawatomi Zoo. While residing in Las Vegas, he ran his own tutoring business and worked as an interpretive naturalist with Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

He is looking forward to taking the helm at Bremen Public Library.

“Along with my enduring love for libraries is a great respect for, and devotion to, the residents of Bremen. My grand vision for this institution is a community center where patrons can learn, grow, and enrich their life. We will continue to offer compelling programming with the highest regard for public service,” Scandling said. “Bremen Public Library serves as a cornerstone in this truly great town. Thank you for entrusting me with the responsibility of ushering our organization forward.”