Members of the Archbold Library Board were scheduled to begin extended interviews with two candidates for the director position this week.
The board established a search committee to locate a replacement for Joyce Klingelsmith.
Klingelsmith, a library employee for almost 30 years and director for 28, announced her retirement in March.
While Klingelsmith’s last official day at the Archbold Community Library is Dec. 31, Jay Budde, library board member and a member of the search committee, said Klingelsmith will leave the library by mid-November based on accrued unused vacation time.
Budde told the Library Board during its Wednesday, Oct. 11 meeting, that both candidates have the qualifications and skills to become the director. He said the committee wants “to draw the full board” into the interview process.
The committee did not release the names to the two, calling them “Candidate A” and “Candidate B.”
The search committee did release a summary of both candidates.
Candidate A is an “established manager, conscientious, appreciative, and enjoys learning, displayed involvement in professional organizations,” is a “good collaborator” an “effective communicator, and is “comfortable implementing technology (such as three-dimensional printing).”
Candidate B has a “thorough knowledge of library operations, adapts well to new situations, has an excellent teaching ability, and is a fast learner.”
Candidate B “displayed work of excellent collaboration,” but has “untested leadership” skills.
The summary notes Candidate A “is probably not as willing to accept direction from (the) Board.”
Candidate B “is probably more likely to be open to direction from the Board of Trustees.”
Neither candidate was considered “a natural delegator.”
Board members also discussed what would happen if neither candidate accepts the position.
Budde said there is a tentative plan to create an interim situation, with current staff taking leadership “for a short period of time.”
The group also talked about why only two applications were received.
Budde said the search committee was surprised, but noted the position was not advertised on Internet job listing websites.
An informational meeting for the general public is Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 pm, at the library. Prior to the meeting, the library board will hold a special meeting at 6 pm.
In her report, Klingelsmith said she sees the meeting “as being a time of sharing initial information regarding the funding of libraries and ours in particular, then taking questions from the public.”
In other news, the board was told its health insurance provider would increase its premium payment by 63% starting next year.
The board discussed the issue with its agent, Mike Kurivial. The group reviewed several options, but noted there is still time before a decision is required.
Klingelsmith said Ruth Grieser, a 30-year library employee, will retire effective Dec. 31. With unused sick leave and accrued vacation, her last day will be Friday, Oct. 20.
Klingelsmith said Grieser has served as the library cataloguer.
Michelle Beck will be moved from circulation to the position, and a new employee will be hired to work evenings and Saturdays, Klingelsmith said.
The next regular meeting is at 7 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the library.