Friday, January 17, 2003
Gleason Public Library director Ellen Rauch resigns
Gleason Library director Ellen Rauch announced last week that she will be leaving to accept a position as director of the Somerville Public Library. Rauch came to the Gleason in 1998, just before the addition was built, and she coordinated the library's temporary move to the Carlisle Institute in June 1999 and the move back to the new addition. She has also guided an expansion of the library program in its new, larger facility.
'The staff is wonderful'
There is no date yet for starting in Somerville, but Rauch expects that all the paperwork will be done sometime in February. Interestingly, she lives in Somerville and worked at the Somerville library from 1975 to 1980, beginning as a page when she was a student, and ending as a certified graduate librarian. She was planning to stay in Carlisle when the Somerville position became vacant, and she was encouraged to apply for it. She did so, and says things happened so fast that she is still surprised by the move.
The present library staff will stay in place as the trustees conduct a search for her replacement. She feels the staff is so competent that "the library could run without me." In an interview earlier this week, she said library trustees and the town residents have been helpful and supportive and she would be happy "if there were a way to say thank you" for the many ways they have helped make her stay in Carlisle fun-filled and rewarding.
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