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Jane Hill named acting COO of Wellington City Council

Jane Hill named acting COO of Wellington City Council

TLC is pleased to share that Jane Hill, former Manager of Wellington City Libraries Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui in New Zealand, has been named acting Chief Operating Officer of Wellington City Council, effective Dec. 23.

Jane was named Manager of the council-operated library system in 1994, overseeing library services for more than a quarter of a million users in New Zealand’s capital city. In 2012, while continuing her involvement with the city’s libraries, Jane was promoted to Group Manager of Wellington City Council’s Community Networks Unit, which oversees the city’s Libraries and Community Spaces, Community Services, Customer Services, Parking Services, Public Health, and Service Development and Improvement departments.

Kevin Lavery, Chief Executive Officer of Wellington City Council, praised Jane when announcing her selection as acting COO. “Jane has done a great job in her current role, handling complicated issues such as bringing Parking Services in-house, development of the new Johnsonville Library – which will bring together the library, community center, and swimming pool to create a new civic heart in Johnsonville – and the business case for the Central Library upgrade,” Kevin said. “Jane will bring many skills to the COO position: her deep understanding of how the council operates, her contacts in the city, her strategic vision, and her broad operational experience. Jane is a leader who challenges the status quo and offers a different perspective and approach.

“Those that have worked with Jane know she is very customer focused and believes in the people around her,” Kevin continued. “She’s a born and bred Wellingtonian and has a real passion for the city.”

The acting COO position is expected to be in place for up to six months, during which time Jane will oversee approximately 1,200 city employees. “It’s good for younger women to see a woman at executive level,” Jane said in an email to TLC President and CEO Annette Harwood Murphy. “It’s also good for librarians!”

Under Jane’s leadership, Wellington City Libraries implemented TLC’s CARL integrated library system, which it continues to use for oversight of its growing catalog of 380,000 titles at 12 locations.

TLC is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the WBENC-administered U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program. The company provides automation and cataloging solutions to more than 4,500 libraries worldwide. TLC is based in Inwood, W.Va., and has additional offices in Denver, Singapore, London, and Ontario, Canada. For more information, visit or call 1.800.325.7759.



Justin Larsen Larsen