Library spending $20K in search for director
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Larry Corbus has a singular focus: to find the perfect executive library director.He’s the man behind the Ohio-based Corbus Library Consultants, a company that specializes in finding directors for small and mid-level library districts. The same company Garfield County Public Library District has hired to search for its new library district director.”Make the right selection and your organization soars,” his Web site says. “Make the wrong selection and your community’s library may linger in mediocrity for many years.”Wilma Paddock, business manager for the library district, said the cutoff for applications was Aug. 10. The district hopes to interview three to five candidates in mid-September. The goal was to get 30 to 40 applicants, but it was unclear how many had come in.Corbus Library Consultants promises to come up with a qualified pool of candidates and highlights the three to five it thinks are the most qualified. Paddock said Corbus Library Consultants services are costing the district a little less than $20,000. Hiring a consultant frees up time for the board and should ensure a quality search is done.The director is employed by the library district board and carries out the administration of the board’s policy decisions.”It’s a very complex and demanding job,” Paddock said. “We’re hoping to find someone that has strong library district skills, hopefully a background in some construction.”The library district is looking at remodeling all six of its branches and replacing some of them. Finding a director who has dealt with construction is a priority. In the November 2006 election, the district received additional funding from county property tax for capitol improvement projects. A quarter-cent sales tax was also dedicated solely to the district. Previously, part of that quarter-cent tax could be used for other county projects.The Garfield County Public Library District director position became open in April of last year. Former director Ann Moore resigned and later moved to New Mexico, Paddock said. The deputy director, Mindy Kittay, moved to Boulder.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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