News Details

New Gloucester County Library Director Named Anne Wodnick started at Circulation Desk over 20 years ago

(Mullica Hill, NJ) - The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today that Anne M. Wodnick of Washington Township has been selected to serve as the Director of the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS). 

Wodnick replaces Robert Wetherall, who retired on December 31, 2009 after serving as director of GCLS since 2001.  Prior to his service at GCLS, Wetherall served as director at the Cumberland County (NJ) Library from 1981 through 1989 and Director of the Dover Public Library (DE) from 1989 to 2001.

Anne Wodnick began her career with GCLS in 1986 as a Circulation Clerk.  In 1990 she was promoted to the Office Manager for GCLS and in 1994 she became the GCLS Business and Facilities Manager when GCLS opened its Main Branch in Mullica Hill.  During her tenure as Business and Facilities Manager Wodnick received a Bachelors degree in Organizational Management from Cabrini College and a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University.  Wodnick has served as Branch Manager for the Logan Township branch of GCLS since 2003.

"We are excited and proud that Anne will serve as the Director to our Library System.  She has an extraordinary knowledge of the County Library System, its staff and operations, library science, and the community," stated Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. 

Sweeney said that in addition to Wodnicks professionalism and dedication to GCLS "Anne Wodnicks success within the County Library shows that through hard work and determination someone can begin at an entry level position and work their way up to the top of an important organization."

The Gloucester County Library System is comprised of six branches and one associate branch with a total staff of 68.  The 2009 circulation of GCLS was 668,192 and as of November 31, 2009 600,136 people visited GCLS. 

Freeholder Giuseppe (Joe) Chila said that Anne Wodnick was selected by the GCLS Commission to serve as Director based on her performance within the organization and her vision for the future of the County Library System.

"Gloucester County was well served by Bob Wetherall and we wish him well in his retirement," said Freeholder Chila, liaison to GCLS.

"The Freeholders and the Library Commission have confidence that Anne Wodnick will continue to lead Gloucester County in providing residents accessibility to the local libraries.  Anne places great value in the positive impact of libraries to local communities and she understands the importance of shared services and creating partnerships.  We are looking for the new Director to operate an efficient system while providing outstanding services," Chila stated. 

The six full-service branches of the Gloucester County Library System are: East Greenwich, Glassboro, Greenwich, Logan, Mullica Hill and Swedesboro.  There are 14 member communities which, in addition to the above mentioned towns, include:  Elk, Clayton, Mantua, National Park, South Harrison, Woodbury Heights, Woolwich, and Newfield* (an Association member). 
As GCLS Director Anne Wodnick will be earn $90,000 a year.  GCLS staff is funded through a dedicated library tax from its member communities.  The 2009 budget for GCLS was $4.8 million. 

Anne Wodnick has lived in Gloucester County since 1978.  She has three grown children and five grandchildren.  She serves on the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey Board of Directors and has been involved in various community organizations.