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Grandview Heights Public Library

Three rise to top in library's search for its new director

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Grandview Heights Public Library board of trustees will hold interviews with three finalists for the library's director position.

The finalists are:

* Tony Howard, currently a service area manager for the Karl Road and Northern Lights branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

* Wendy Rawson, director at the Fitchburg Public Library in the Madison, Wis., area. Rawson previously worked 10 years for Worthington Libraries, including stints as manager of the Worthington Park and Northwest branches.

* Ryan McDonnell, who has served as director of the Marysville Public Library since 2005.

The library is seeking a replacement for Mary Ludlum, who will retire as director in August.

Interviews with the finalists were scheduled to be held Wednesday through Friday, May 1-3, said John Evans, the vice president of the library board who is heading up the search committee.

"We're very enthusiastic about all three candidates and we believe that no matter who we select, we will end up with a high-quality individual who will offer the strong leadership Mary and our previous directors have provided," Evans said.

Experience and the ability to "continue evolving the library as customer demand dictates," will be among the qualities the library board is seeking in its new director, he said.

"We also want someone who will keep us on the fast track of staying ahead of current technology and who will be able to connect with the community," Evans said.

The library received about 20 applications for the director position. Former Grandview library director Carol Pelz assisted the library in holding preliminary interviews and winnowing the list of candidates, Evans said. Pelz provides similar services to other libraries as a consultant.

Evans said while there is no set timetable for selecting the new director, "I think both the board and the candidates will want this taken care of as soon as possible."

Ludlum will not step down until the end of August, which should allow for a smooth transition to the new director, Evans said.