Library board names new director

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 6, 2019

 Juliane Morian

Juliane Morian

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Juliane Morian, the associate director and head of user experience at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, will succeed Christine Lind Hage as the new director of the Rochester Hills Public Library.

Library Board President Robert Bonam said the national search brought “strong candidates that did excellent work in public libraries.”

“Juliane’s demonstrated a track record of national leadership, visionary service, and smart use of technology made her a natural choice for RHPL,” Bonam said in a statement.

Morian’s 18-year career in public libraries began with a focus on technology at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in 2001, where Hage was the director for about seven years.

“Christine was my first (boss), so she has been a mentor for me since I started my career in libraries,” Morian said.

Morian said the Rochester Hills Public Library has a phenomenal reputation.

“It’s known at the statewide and national level, and it has innovative services, a strong collection, vibrant programs, and I just want to build on that foundation. That’s my motivation for making the change,” she said.

Morian has had several leadership roles in the American Library Association’s Public Library Association and in the Michigan Library Association, and she is a frequent presenter on library and technology issues at the national level. She received her undergraduate degree in history, political science and American culture, and her Master of Science degree in information with a specialization in human-computer interaction from the University of Michigan.

She and her family live in Rochester, and she currently serves on the board of directors for the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. She is a member of the PTAs at University Hills Elementary School and West Middle School, and she teaches catechism at St. John Fisher Chapel.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a director in the community where you live. … The idea of parlaying what I know, in terms of customer-centered design, into now serving my friends and neighbors is just this whole new world of opportunity for me. It’s very gratifying,” she said.

Hage will retire Dec. 1 after a 48-year career in public libraries, including 31 years with the Rochester Hills Public Library.

“Turning 70 seemed to be, in my mind, a landmark, so it was a good time to do it,” said Hage.

Under her leadership, the current Rochester Hills Public Library was built and expanded, and usage has surpassed the 2 million loan threshold.

Hage said she plans to enjoy her retirement by volunteering at the Rochester Area Neighborhood House and her church, participating as a member of the Rochester Rotary Club, and babysitting her grandchildren.

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