Erie County Public Library now has a new director, County Executive Brenton Davis announced Wednesday.

Karen Pierce, who has served as the interim director, has been appointed to the position.

She previously managed the library system's Iroquois branch and spent 13 years running the Slippery Rock Community Library.

Pierce also has more than 23 years of experience in the book industry.

"We are thrilled to have Karen as a member of the team," said Davis in a statement. "Her vast knowledge, experience, and passion for the library is above what we could have ever asked for in an executive director. I'm looking forward to working alongside her to take our library and our resources for the community to the next level."