March 20, 2018

Tucson-Pima PL Names Ledeboer Director

By LJ Staff

Nancy Ledeboer, deputy director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District since 1999, has been named the new director of the Tucson-Pima Public Library (TPPL), beginning January 24. She succeeds Betsy Stunz-Hall, interim head since the retirement of Agnes Griffen in June 2003. Last summer, San Francisco Public Library Director Susan Hildreth announced she would take the job, but then changed her plans and accepted the position of California State Librarian. Hildreth’s starting salary was to be $121,000; Ledeboer will be paid $123,000. Before her job in Las Vegas, she worked at the King County Library System and the Spokane Public Library, both in Washington. In 2003, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library was named the Gale/Library Journal "Library of the Year."

Assistant City Manager Liz Rodriguez Miller also said that the city and county were involved in ongoing discussions about a possible consolidation of the library system. Currently, the city contributes to the library from its general fund, while county residents pay a library district tax–which means city residents pay twice. Some library employees work for the city, while others work for the county. In a consolidate system, there would be one funding source and one employer. In June, county supervisors rejected a city request to cover Tucson’s contribution to the system.