The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum has hired a new curator of collections.
The athenaeum announced Wednesday the appointment of Robert Joly to the post.
Last month the athenaeum laid-off its entire staff as part of an effort to save money. The librarians were told they could reapply for some jobs.
Earlier this month about 200 people protested the move and called on the library’s trustees to rethink their decision to reduce the staff from 14 full- and part-time employees to five-full time employees.
The Athenaeum is a private, not-for-profit public library and art gallery.
Joly joined the athenaeum in 2004 working primarily in library services while expanding his experience in the presentation and preservation of the athenaeum’s collection.