November 27, 2015

Charlotte's Brown Among Finalists for Seattle Post

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).

In the 1990s, Ledeboer was associate director of public services at the King County Public Library System and also worked in public services at Spokane Public Library, according to the Seattle Times.
The 26-branch Seattle system has a staff of 640 and  a budget of about $50 million.

See also in LJ:

Brown’s Resignation Adds to Uncertainty at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library

Task Force Releases Report on Charlotte-Mecklenburg PL

Jefferson County Public Library, CO, Prepares for a ‘Perfect Storm’

Hildreth Confirmed as Head of IMLS

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