Michele P. Howard is the Director of the Traverse Area District Library (TADL) system. In her role as Director, Howard oversees district library operations while working with library trustees to lead the library, manage the budget, and identifying areas for improvement in the system. TADL provides public library services online and in six facilities with its main library located at 610 Woodmere Avenue in Traverse City.
Howard first joined TADL in 2018 as a Reference Librarian and was promoted to Adult Services Coordinator. Howard was chosen to serve as the Director by the TADL Board of Trustees in 2019.
Prior to becoming Director, Howard has worked as a librarian for over 25 years in a variety of libraries including at Northwestern Michigan College, Grand Traverse County Law Library and Michigan State University’s Law Library.
Howard earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan. She has served as a City Commissioner and Planning Commissioner for the City of Traverse City, along with many other non-profit boards, and recently joined the Grand Traverse Area Children’s Garden Board of Directors. Howard is an active member of the Michigan Library Association, Public Library Association, and the American Library Association.