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Library's director job draws interest from 20-30 prospects

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Grandview Heights Public Library has received between 20 and 30 resumes for its director position.

The library is seeking a replacement for Mary Ludlum, who will retire at the end of August.

"We feel very comfortable with the resumes we've received. We know we will be able to select a solid person from the list of candidates," said John Evans, who is vice president of the library board of trustees and is heading up the search committee.

The applicants are mostly from Ohio or adjoining states, Evans said.

Former Grandview library Director Carol Pelz is assisting the library in slimming down the list of candidates, he said. Pelz provides similar services to libraries as a consultant.

"We will be winnowing the list of applicants down to about eight and we will be conducting phone or in-person interviews with those candidates," Evans said. "Out of those eight, we will come up with a list of the top three candidates and they will be brought in for extensive personal interviews on May 1-3."

The library board expects to "have a good idea of our choice" soon after those finalist interviews, he said.

Since Ludlum will not leave until the end of the summer, the board has not set a specific deadline for making a selection, but expects to have the new director named well ahead of her departure, Evans said.

Ludlum has served more than 30 years at the Grandview library, including a 25-year stint as the library's assistant director before becoming director in 2008.

Among the qualities the board is looking for in its new director is someone who is "very community-oriented" and well-versed in technology "to keep library services at the cutting edge of technology," Evans said.

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