, Derry, New Hampshire

December 5, 2013

Library director search in Derry continues

Group hopes new director in place next year

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — The search continues to find a new Derry Public Library leader.

Library trustees are still looking for a new director job to lead the 22,000-square-foot facility.

Trustee Elizabeth Ives said there are about 50 applications the group must review. The job is not being advertised at the moment.

The group is taking more time to make a decision.

“We have possibilities, but we are waiting now until the new year,” Ives said.

The new director will fill the vacancy left by retiring director Cheryl Lynch, who left the job in June.

Ives said applications were received from all over the country, including Florida, Pennsylvania and New York.

With more than 120,000 items and thousands more available through a library consortium sharing program, the director is key in making sure everything runs smoothly.

That includes supporting the library’s more than 16,700 cardholders, both young and not so young, who come to the library to seek knowledge, use computers, enjoy programs and find books.

Ives said the library has been running well with the current staff; assistant and acting director Susan Brown is taking the lead.

Brown is also the library’s head of Adult Services.

“I have to say the staff has been just wonderful as always, they are in full support of Susan,” Ives said. “She is doing two fulltime jobs as one person.”

Ives said the trustees approached Brown about applying for the director’s job, but she prefers to remain in her current department.

Ives said she has complete confidence in how the library is running with no official director in place.

She said trustees will keep working to find the right candidate.

“We are just moving forward,” she said.

In the meantime, Ives said, library officials hope to have a joint spring meeting with school district officials as a way to plan programs and hear feedback on what students and families might want to see more of at the library.

“We are looking forward to a big planning session,” Ives said, “to see how we can help each other.”

After that, a director decision may follow. Ives said trustees hope to get someone in the position by July 1 at the latest.