Library executive director search moves forward |

Library executive director search moves forward

The Garfield County Libraries began searching for an executive director last fall after longtime director Amelia Shelley stepped down to pursue an opportunity close to family in Vancouver, Washington. The search began with a focus on candidates from neighboring states. In May, two candidates were brought in for in-person interviews. After considerable deliberation, the Library board of trustees did not offer the position to either candidate.

The search then continued on a nationwide scale. Interim Executive Director Sandi Kister and board member Marilee Rippy traveled to Orlando, Florida, in June to recruit during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference. Their efforts generated significant interest in the position, resulting in applications from librarians across the country. Seven of the candidates were interviewed via Skype by the library’s search committee, which was made up of members of the staff, board of trustees and the public. The committee has decided to bring in three outstanding candidates for in-person interviews.

“This is an exceptional library district with a highly productive, creative and successful staff, magnificent facilities and a supportive community,” said Kister. “We want to ensure that we provide an executive director who will capitalize on these advantages and lead us toward an even better future. We look forward to finding the right candidate for our district during this process.”

The first candidate, Amy Hanaway, comes from St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, and is currently enrolled in ALA’s Certified Public Library Administrator program.

The second candidate is Esther Day from Waco, Texas. She has over 19 years of experience in libraries, and has been a library director in Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as Texas.

The final candidate, Dustin Fife, currently works for Utah Valley University. He was named a “Library Journal Mover and Shaker” in 2016, and is a past president of the Utah Library Association.

All three candidates will be touring the libraries on Aug. 3, and will have interviews with the board of trustees that evening. The interviews will begin at 6 p.m. at the New Castle Branch Library, and will each take approximately one hour. The interviews are open, and all members of the public are welcome to attend.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the candidates will begin the day with additional meetings with staff members. They will then participate in a meet and greet from 5-6 p.m. at the New Castle Branch Library. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and get to know the candidates.

Following the meet and greet, the board of trustees will conduct a secondary interview with the candidates. This interview session is also open to the public.

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