Mary Ellen Baker

Mary Ellen Baker has worked since 1999 as the public services manager at the Noel Wien Public Library. She was named library director Monday.

FAIRBANKS—Mary Ellen Baker has been hired as the new library director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Baker replaces director Greg Hill, who retired earlier this summer after 23 years in the position. Baker has worked since 1999 as the public services manager at the Noel Wien Public Library and has served as acting director since June. She previously was the library director in Wasilla for nine years before joining the Fairbanks borough.

Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, who appointed Baker as director, touted her leadership abilities in a news release and said he is confident that the library system “will continue to flourish with her as director.”

Baker begins her permanent assignment as library director today.

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