Mayor Fulop and the Jersey City Public Library Board have announced the appointment of Terry B. Hill as director of The Jersey City Free Public Library.
Hill’s appointment follows the early departure of Jeffrey Trzeciak in March. Trzeciak had been hired to considerable fanfare, having headed up the Newark Public Library and received numerous awards. At the time, his leaving “stunned” JCPL board president Al Anton. Mayor Fulop’s failure to pay any tribute to Trzeciak prompted speculation that there had been a falling out between the two.
According to the announcement from the mayor and the library’s board, there is considerable excitement surrounding Hill’s arrival.
“Terry Hill stood out amongst the impressive applicant pool for his 27 years of successful leadership within urban library systems and establishing strong relationships with the surrounding communities,” said the mayor, who served on the JCFPL Board’s search committee. “His knowledge and understanding of issues, trends, and practices of urban library management will be a great asset as he oversees our 10 Library locations citywide, the largest municipal Library system in New Jersey.”
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Hill as the Director of the Jersey City Free Public Library,” said Library Board President Al Anton. “He has a proven track record of effective organizational transformation and forging meaningful relationships with the community, and is enthusiastic to use his depth of skills and knowledge to help continue drive JCFPL forward. We are looking forward to seeing Mr. Hill solidify the Library’s role as a trusted community partner to improve the lives of Jersey City residents.”
As the new Library Director, Hill will oversee the entire Jersey City Free Public Library System, which includes 144 staff members within the Main Library location, 9 Library branches spanning the City, and a Bookmobile.
“I look forward to building community partnerships to address issues such as the increasing digital divide,” said Hill. “The past year has highlighted how critical libraries are and how our communities rely on our services. This is a challenging yet exciting time for libraries, and the JCFPL is well-positioned to meet and exceed our community’s needs and expectations.”
Hill most recently served as Deputy Director of Library Services at Durham County Library. According to the announcement, Hill “gained substantial experience in the administration of libraries, shaping him into a thoughtful, innovative, and trusted leader” and had success in “improving digital equity, especially for low-income youth within Durham, North Carolina, where he has served as Deputy Director of Library Services for the past decade.”
Hill served on the Board of Directors for the Durham Literacy Center and the Digital Durham Collaborative, “a group of community organizations and nonprofits dedicated to addressing the three pillars of digital equity: access to internet service, access to devices, and improving gateway literacy skills.”
While at Durham County Library, the announcement says Hill was “able to bring resources into the Durham County Library via grants, such as a $100,000 grant from the National Institute of Health to provide health literacy and education in the community. Under his leadership, his staff received national recognition for expanding technology services to teens.”