The Seattle Public Library board of trustees has named three finalists for the position of city librarian:
- Charles M. Brown, director of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, N.C.
- Nancy Ledeboer, director of Pima County Public Library, Tucson, Ariz.
- Marcellus Turner, executive director, Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood, Colo.
The board is scheduled to meet May 5 and may make a final decision then, according to a press release.
The new city librarian will replace Susan Hildreth, who took over as head of the Institute for Museum and Library Services in Washington D.C. in January.
Brown announced his resignation from the Charlotte post in January, the culmination of a tumultuous year for the system which has been struggling to adjust to massive budget cuts. A task force recently announced plans to radically restructure the system. Charlotte was the 1995 Gale/LJ Library of the Year.
Turner, who leads Colorado’s third largest library, has also been dealing with what he described last August as a “perfect storm of budget challenges.” From 1997 to 2000, Turner was a departmental supervisor at the Tacoma Public Library. He is a candidate for president of the Public Library Association (the election results are expected later today).
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