Tulsa Library Trust hires director

The Tulsa Library Trust has hired Sarah Jane Gillett as its new executive director, announced Tulsa City-County Library CEO Dr. Gary Shaffer.

“We welcome Sarah Jane to our library family and look forward to working with her to expand the library’s reach and effectiveness,” added Shaffer. The Tulsa Library Trust serves as the foundation or 501(c)(3) for the Tulsa City-County Library.

Gillett has been a partner with the law firm Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. until June 2016.  During her tenure with the firm, she was named one of Oklahoma’s Top 25 Female Attorneys.

Gillett has a history with Tulsa nonprofits, serving on the boards and committees of Collegiate Hall Charter School, Tulsa Ballet, the Tulsa Area United Way Women’s Leadership Council, and the Child Abuse Network.   She is a former president and remains an ongoing advisor for the Junior League of Tulsa.

Rik Helmerich, president of the Trust’s Board of Directors, expressed the board’s enthusiasm at the hiring of Gillett, “We are thrilled to have Ms. Gillett on board.  These are exciting times for the trust as we have just completed the successful capital campaign for the new Central Library building and are looking to continue to ensure that our library is one of the best in the country.”

Gillett participated in Leadership Oklahoma this last year and has a concern for the Tulsa community and the Library’s role in Tulsa County.  “Tulsa has so much to be proud of in its libraries.  I see my role at the Tulsa Library Trust as a prime opportunity to create new philanthropic relationships between the community and the Library,” said Gillett.

Gillett joined the Tulsa Library Trust in mid-July.

The mission of the Tulsa Library Trust is to increase the Tulsa City-County Library’s capacity to provide the highest quality programs and services to citizens for lifelong learning. To learn more about the Trust, visit:  www.tulsalibrarytrust.org.