Library board outlines attributes of new director

Broad vision. Technologically sound. Preferably from the county or willing to relocate.
Those were some of the many attributes the Auglaize County Public Library Board of Directors will be looking for in a new director.
Board members met with Larry Corbus of Corbus Library Consultants in a special board meeting Thursday to discuss what they are looking for in a new candidate. The position needs to be filled after Director Jo Derryberry announced her retirement from the position earlier this month. She is to be honored on Sept. 30.
Immediately after Corbus asked board members what attributes were most needed, board member Courtney Burton echoed what seemed to be at or near the top of everyone’s list.
“We will need someone who is knowledgeable about technology,” Burton said. “This person will need to know the trends in libraries toward technology.”
Board member Greg Myers discussed the need for the candidate to engaged in the community, and board member Genevieve Conradi said the candidate should have the ability to keep the library on the right path.
“They need to have a clear vision on what this library will look like in the future,” Conradi said. “Strategic planning is very important — and the need to be able to inspire the staff.”
The board also discussed the possibility of re-evaluating its hours and making the facilities open for more hours if possible. As well as the Wapakoneta location, the board also has locations in Waynesfield, Cridersville, New Knoxville, New Bremen and Minster.
While Corbus suggested that the board not have a hard and fast resident requirement, the board still appeared to be in favor of hiring a local candidate if possible.
“I think it needs to be known that community residency is favored,” Burton said.
Corbus provided board members with information that suggested directors at comparable libraries made about $54,000 to $61,000 and said that board members should come up with a ballpark figure to advertise while it is actively seeking a director. Derryberry made approximately $53,000 a year. Board members seemed to agree to that range, but they did not decide on a solid figure.
“Let us give it a little thought,” Myers said.
Corbus plans to begin advertising the position in approximately a week, he said. He plans to narrow the search down to approximately five or six candidates, and those chosen will meet with the board for about an hour each. The board also discussed the possibility of credit and criminal background checks as well as drug testing.
Board members also discussed the new director being able to communicate the need for a levy in the future for operating funds.
“Many counties have one large community and many smaller communities,” Myers said. “We have many communities that have their own identity. We need someone who is going to be able to communicate to different types of communities and sell the package.”
Corbus said the likely timetable to hire a new director would be around the first of the year, and that interviews could begin sometime after resumes are collected. Oct. 15-21 was given as a an approximate deadline for the resumes.