Library Director Search Pared to 3 in Lunenburg
By Stephen Landry
LUNENBURG -- Officials have turned another page in their search for a new library director.
Last week, the Lunenburg Public Library Board of Trustees narrowed the field to three candidates for the position that has been held for several years by Martha Moore, who is leaving the job effective March 30.
From a pool of six applicants, board members discussed the candidates’ references, education, and experience.
The candidates selected by the board for further consideration are: Ryan Donovan, the director of the Southborough Public Library; Muir Haman, currently in charge of Adult Services at Lunenburg Public Library; and Linda Verge, who is the library director at Tahanto Middle-High School in Boylston.
The three candidates will be interviewed by the board, possibly as soon as next week.
Among the topics board members will likely discuss with each candidate are their experience with writing grants, how they would get along with other staff members, and what they would do in the case of a disruptive situation at the library.
“We want somebody that’s competent, and that can work with staff to enhance the library for the community to make sure the community is well served and goes a step above,” said board member Donna Saiia.
Moore, who is stepping down from the director position after six years, said she was proud of the accomplishments she had achieved, including an increased number of public programs and seeing the library become more of a community center than it had been in the past.
Board Chairman Dick Mailloux said it was those kinds of advancements that would make Moore a difficult person to replace.
“Martha has really done a phenomenal job,” Mailloux said. “There’s been quite a turnover in the time since she’s been here, and her hires have been universally superior people who have made the library a much better place.”
Mailloux said he’s hopeful the next director will build on all that Moore had done during her tenure.
“We’d like to become a library that is really at the heart of the community,” Mailloux said.
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