Friday, March 14, 2003
Head librarian search underway
This year, the annual potluck dinner hosted by the Friends of the Gleason Library became an impromptu going-away party for head librarian Ellen Rauch. She's moved on to be the head of the library system in Somerville and will be sorely missed, according to Brooke Cragan, president of the board of trustees. Rauch was in charge at the Gleason since 1998 and kept the library up and running during the temporary relocation and the challenging months of construction of the new addition.
"Ellen was such a part of the community. She got to know everyone and just fit in so well. She'll be a hard act to follow. We have a terrific staff and very low turnover. We'd love to get someone [new] who can carry on with that and be a great listener like Ellen," says Cragan.
A search committee, made up of the three trustees and the president of the Friends, as well as acting head librarian Marty Seneta, a town personnel board representative and a community member, has convened to interview applicants. An on-line advertisement with the Massachusetts Library and Information Network (MLIN) yielded several resumés, all of which are excellent according to Cragan. She says the committee has been impressed with the experience and expertise of the applicants, and credits the MLIN job posting.
The trustees want a new head librarian who will carry on the tradition of keeping the library at the center of the community · culturally, educationally, and even socially. The renovated and expanded facility continues to grow in terms of circulation, new cardholders, and programs. Increased use of technology, research, and art exhibits both inside the building and on the newly landscaped grounds are some of the ongoing goals of the trustees and staff.
The search committee is looking forward to meeting with the applicants in the coming weeks and finishing the hiring process before the end of April.
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