JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Following a national search,\u00a0Teton County\u2019s Library board today announced Oscar Gittemeier will take the helm July 13 as Director of Library Services. Gittemeier hails from the Greater Atlanta area, where he has served the Fulton County Library System for nearly 12 years, most recently as Adult Outreach Manager for the 34-branch system, the largest in the state. His management experience also includes several years as a branch manager and assistant branch manager within the system, but it was his multiple skill sets as administrator and creative programmer that caught the attention of the search committee. \u201cWe\u2019re\u00a0pleased and indeed excited to be bringing Oscar Gittemeier to Jackson as the new library director,\u201d said John Hebberger, Jr., chair of the board. \u201cHe stood out as our top choice during the several-month interview process because of his unique combination of demonstrated leadership of staff and outreach to stakeholder groups of all sizes.\u201d In addition to his steady incremental management growth at Fulton, Gittemeier\u2019s passion for library work led him to involvement from the very beginning of his career in committee work for industry entities including the national Library Freedom Project and a current stint as vice president of the Georgia Library Association. He\u2019s also been tapped because of his enthusiastic presentation skills for several conferences and webinars. As an avid backpacker of the Appalachian Trail, he feels the pull of mountain life like so many in the Teton County community who have settled here after living in large cities. \u201cI look forward to joining the Jackson Hole community and connecting with the board of trustees, Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, staff, and library supporters,\u201d Gittemeier said in his acceptance statement. \u201cI am excited to collaborate with cultural institutions, community officials, local businesses, and nonprofits to build on the existing library innovation, programs, and services.\u201d The library board employed the executive search firm John Keister & Associates, which specializes in the library industry, to help with recruitment. Ari Goldstein, former library board treasurer, continues to serve as interim library director until Gittemeier\u2019s arrival.