Friday, May 23, 2003
New Gleason Library director resigns before starting
The Trustees of the Gleason Public Library thought they had located that special person with extensive library experience and the right "chemistry" to serve the well-read clientele in Carlisle. By coincidence, Gary Mason, the long-time director of the Woodstock Public Library, was searching for a comparable position as he planned to relocate from Woodstock, Vermont to West Concord for family reasons. After interviewing eight of the 13 applicants for the position vacated by former Gleason Director Ellen Rauch, the trustees offered the position to Mason, and he accepted it with enthusiasm. He even planned to start working a week early. He never arrived.
Days before starting work on May 12, Mason informed library officials that due to a family event, which was not disclosed, he would not be relocating to Massachusetts and could not accept the Gleason position.
According to Library Trustee Brooke Cragan, the Trustees have discussed the situation with the Personnel Board, and decided to make an offer to another candidate from the same applicant pool. Cragan declined to name the candidate, but said that she hoped to be able to make an announcement "in a few weeks."
In the meantime, Assistant Library Director and children's librarian Marty Seneta has been shouldering the director's responsibilities, with help from the rest of the library staff and the Trustees. "The library staff has not skipped a beat," said Cragan with pride.
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