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New library director hired

Meet the new Douglas County Library Director: Jacob Odland.

The Douglas County Library Board announced the hiring on Monday.

Odland graduated from the University of Illinois with a master's degree in library science. He was previously employed as a head librarian for Pioneerland Library System.

He was born and raised in Alexandria and looks forward to returning to the area to serve the patrons of the Douglas County Library.

He'll begin his new position on May 28.