Candidate for Director-at-Large

Nancy Ledeboer

Candidate for Director-at-Large (Three-Year Term) Nancy Ledeboer


Nancy Ledeboer is the library director of the Spokane County (Wash.) Library District. Prior to accepting this position she was the library director of the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona, for seven years. She was active with the Arizona Library Association and served as president in 2010–2011. Throughout her career, Nancy has worked in public libraries in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Washington. She served as president of the Nevada Chapter of REFORMA and is currently on the board of the Washington Library Association.

Nancy has enjoyed getting to know the communities where she has worked. Her passion is for literacy services that empower people and give them choices about how to live their lives. In Tucson she served on the boards for Literacy Connects and Arts Integration Solutions. After moving to Spokane she joined the Spokane Valley Partners board and the Spokane Chapter of Executive Women International. Both groups support literacy and services that promote people in their quest for self sufficiency. When not at work she enjoys reading, hiking, quilting, and spending time with grandchildren.

Personal Statement

“Public libraries must turn outward and take our services out into the community in new ways. We must help people navigate the global world of information not just the materials in our own collections.  We must facilitate connections within our communities, helping people to share what they know with others by telling their own stories and creating knowledge based on their own talents, expertise and experiences.”