Search for Derry library director down to twoBy HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent
December 12. 2013 9:46PM
DERRY — And then there were two. From dozens of candidates, only two finalists remain in the search for the next Derry Public Library director.
Library trustees have interviewed candidates from across the country to fill the director’s position after Cheryl Lynch left the job in early June, said Elizabeth Ives, chairman of the library trustees.
“We’ve talked to quite a lot of people and we are down to these candidates,” Ives said. “We hope we can get our answer in the New Year.”
Ives said numerous interviews were conducted in person, via Skype and through conference calls. Trustees won’t release the names of the finalists, she said.
Lynch retired after many years of service to the library. She still comes in often to the library and is enjoying her retirement, Ives said.
After narrowing the field to only two finalists, trustees are no longer interviewing candidates and have put the process on hold. They will wait until January to finish pursuing the two finalists, Ives said.In the search to fill the vacancy, Ives said trustees were looking for certain characteristics in the next director.
“We have an extraordinary staff so we are looking for a leader of leaders,” Ives said.
Trustees have been looking for someone who is out in the community, Ives said. Looking ahead, the library wants to reach out more to the community and have the community, in turn, seek out the library. There are still a lot of people in town who aren’t familiar with the library, Ives said.
“Frankly, a lot of people don’t know what we have,” she said.
Some recent projects have included redoing the main library floor, which was completed about 18 months ago, Ives said.
In addition, the children’s area was rearranged to make it more accessible to each age group. Trustees are hoping to receive a gift soon that will allow them to improve the toddler area, Ives said.
Also, a laptop computer lab is set up with programs geared toward teens. Internet safety issues are also being discussed to help protect teens while they are online, Ives said.Looking to next year, the library will offer a program on the history of Derry each month beginning January.
Ives said library officials are also planning a meeting in the spring with school district and other officials from various government and social agencies. The meeting is being planned as a discussion on the community and for officials to get feedback from the public on the library, Ives said.
Ives urged the public to check out the library’s many programs at its website: www.derrypl.org.