State Librarian, James Ritter

James Ritter, Maine State Librarian

James Ritter, Maine State Librarian

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James Ritter (Jamie) was selected by the Maine Library Commission in December 2014 to serve as Maine State Librarian. In that role, he is the chief administrator of the Maine State Library and works to ensure the agency fulfills its mission to advance and promote library services and collection resources for all of Maine, as well as extend the library’s services relating to emerging technologies and research & development initiatives.

Mr. Ritter began his career at the Maine State Library in 2012 as director of Reader and Information Services. In his tenure there he reorganized public areas in the Maine State Library to provide more comfortable and efficient workspaces for library users and launched a "remaker space" to allow public access to technology to facilitate the digitization of photos, audio and video.

Prior to joining the Maine State Library, Mr. Ritter served as Deputy Director of the Camden Public Library. As a member of the library’s management team, he had oversight of all fund development activities and assisted the Library Director in operations, strategic planning, personnel, and other responsibilities required to operate the library in a superior manner.

Mr. Ritter also has extensive corporate experience having worked for MBNA as Vice President in Administration and Community Relations, and for Camden National Bank as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning. During Mr. Ritter’s employment at MBNA, he oversaw the creation of the MBNA Foundation Library Grants Program, and served as the program’s first director. This program awarded more than $2 million in grants to libraries across Maine.

A former member and Chair of the Maine Library Commission, Mr. Ritter was part of the creation of the Maine State Library’s 2011-2013 Strategic Plan. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee – a sub-committee of the Maine Library Commission – to develop and advocate for legislation impacting Maine’s libraries.

He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware, and is pursuing his MLIS at Drexel University with a concentration in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management. He is expected to complete his MLIS degree program in December 2015.