Archive for Thursday, November 16, 2006

Candidates interviewed for JoCo head librarian

November 16, 2006

The Johnson County Library Board interviewed three candidates last week for the county librarian position. Current county librarian Mona Carmack will retire in January 2007 after 18 years of service.

The library board, with input from a community search committee, selected three finalists for interviews Friday in executive session.

On Saturday, the finalists participated in forums, making presentations to the library board and staff at the Central Resource Library in Overland Park during an open meeting.

The three finalists are: Chang Liu currently serves as the central services division chief for the Arlington Public Library in Virginia. She leads and manages the Central Library and the Cherrydale branch. She has oversight responsibilities for the library's Web site and program events, the friends organization, and the community partnership program with organizations serving target audiences of the library. She has a role in determining library policies and setting strategic directions in technology.

Liu's previous positions include being the assistant director for public services of the Loudoun County Public Library in Virginia, a branch manager in the Saint Charles City-County Library District and the Saint Louis Public Library, both in Missouri. She has served also as a reference librarian for The National Library of China in Beijing.

Linda Mielke currently is the chief executive officer of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library in Indiana. She has administrative responsibility for all library system operations, including the Central Library, 22 branches and bookmobiles. The library is considered to be a municipality under Indiana law.

Mielke's previous positions include being the director of the Carroll County Public Library, the associate administrator for the Anne Arundel County Public Library, and a community services specialist for the Division of Library Development and Services of the Maryland State Department of Education, all in Maryland. She has also served as director of the Clearwater Public Library, the head of special services for the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, and a reference and serials librarian for the Tampa-Hillsborough Community College, all in Florida.

Timothy Rogers currently is the associate director for operations for the Johnson County Library. He has administrative responsibilities for three Library departments: Information Technology, Facilities, and Technical Services. He is responsible for the planning and construction of libraries and managing opening day collections. Other responsibilities include the purchasing and processing of library materials, the acquisition and maintenance of computers and telecommunications equipment, the design and maintenance of the library's Web site, and the development of community partnerships to deliver services and information to targeted populations in an online environment.

Rogers' previously served as manager of the technical services department of the Johnson County Library. He has served also as the library administrator for the Coffey County Library in Kansas and as the director of the Oneida Library in New York.

The library board plans to review feedback from the interviews at its regular meeting Wednesday.

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