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Michael James Wirt, American library director. Certified library, Washington.


Wirt, Michael James was born on March 21, 1947 in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, United States. Son of Arthur James and Blanche Marian (Carruth) Wirt.


Bachelor, Michigan State University, 1969. Master of Library Science, University Michigan, 1971. Postgraduate, University Washington, 1990.


Acting library University Michigan Center for Research on Economic Development, Ann Arbor, 1971-1972. Institutional services library Spokane County (Washington) Library. District, 1972-1976, assistant director, 1976-1979, acting director, 1979, director, since 1980.


  • Certified library, Washington.


Member advisory committee Partnership for Rural Improvement, Spokane, 1982-1985, Washington State Library. Planning and Development Committee, 1984-1985, Eastern Washington University Young Writers Project Advisory Board, 1988-1989. Member issues selection committee Citizens League of Greater Spokane, 1991-1993, City of Spokane Indian Trail Specific Plan Task force, 1992-1995.

Member communications committee United Way Spokane County, 1994, campaign chair local government division, 1996, with Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance Leadership Team, since 2010. Member Washington Library. Association (Second vice president 1984-1986, director 1989-1991, public relations committee 1993-2001, chair legislation planning committee since 2003, conference coordinator 2003-2005, Merit award 1984, President award 1998), Washington Library.

Network (representative Computer Service Council 1983-1986, vice president, treasurer State Users Group 1986-1987), American Library. Association (Public Library. Affiliates Network 1990-1993, PLA Business Council 1990-1994, chairman 1991-1994), Spokane Valley College of C. (local government affairs committee 1987-2000, co-chair 1996-1998, public policy committee 2000-2005, member local governance committee 2003-2005, governence committee since 2005), Spokane Regional Chamber of C. (local government committee 1990-1994, human services committee 1990-1992, chairman 1991-1992, government reorganization task force 1995), Spokane Civic Theatre (board directors 1996-2001, vice president 1997-1998, 2000, secretary 1998-2000), Inland Northwest Legislation Coalition, Momentum (local government strategy committee 1992-1994), New Century (government collaboration committee 1997-1998), Inland Northwest Council Libraries (board directors since 1979, chairman 1997-1998), Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance Leadership Team.


Married Barbara Ann Hallesy, August 12, 1972. 1 child, Brendan.

Arthur James Wirt

Blanche Marian (Carruth) Wirt

Barbara Ann Hallesy

Brendan Wirt