The Oxford County Library Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Marie Williams to the role of Chief Executive Officer / Chief Librarian effective April 25, 2022.

Williams joins Oxford County Library from Oakville Public Library where, as head of Collections Operations, she developed the Library’s Collection and Content Strategy and also integrated diversity and inclusion, and truth and reconciliation, into the Library’s revised Collection Development Policy. Her leadership experiences focus on strategic planning, building partnerships, and leveraging technology to improve services. Previously, Williams held senior management positions at Brantford Public Library and East Gwillimbury Public Library, in addition to holding children and youth-focused library roles in Ontario and the eastern United States.

Williams assumes the Chief Librarian role from Lisa Miettinen, who retires after 22 years with Oxford County Library on March 31, 2022.


Marcus Ryan, Chair, Oxford County Library Board of Directors / Mayor, Township of Zorra

“Oxford County Library branches are hubs in our communities, playing a role that has broadened beyond traditional services into one that supports the growth and wellbeing of our residents. I am excited by what lies ahead for our library system and for the enthusiasm and perspectives Lisa brings as our new Chief Librarian.”

Lisa Marie Williams, Incoming CEO/Chief Librarian, Oxford County Library

“I am excited to join Oxford County as a part of its progressive and passionate Library team. I believe that public libraries can make a difference in the lives of the citizens it serves and that a strong library system helps communities grow stronger. I look forward to supporting Oxford’s municipalities and patrons through innovation, inclusiveness and teamwork.”

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About Oxford County Library

With a vision to “connect, discover, share, become,” Oxford County Library provides Oxford’s communities with excellent, responsive services in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Services encompass free lending of books, DVDs and other materials; access to online catalogues, databases and lifelong learning tools; community information; local history and genealogy support; children’s, teen, and adult programming; literacy services; job search resources and information about government services; computer access; the Kitchen Library and more. The Library’s 14 branches are located in Brownsville, Burgessville, Embro, Harrington, Ingersoll, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, Thamesford and Tillsonburg. For more information visit