The Upper Arlington Public Library board of trustees agreed last week to contract with the Ohio Library Council (OLC) in its search for a new library director.

The Upper Arlington Public Library board of trustees agreed last week to contract with the Ohio Library Council (OLC) in its search for a new library director.

The board agreed to retain the OLC’s services for an amount “not to exceed $5,000” during its regular meeting Oct. 18. It will be the library’s first director search in 13 years, when current director Ann Moore began her tenure with the library.

Moore announced earlier this year that she intends to retire May 31, 2012.

“It is, I think, the biggest decision that a (library) board makes, and an important one,” said Lynda Murray, OLC director of government and legal services, during a presentation at the meeting.

The OLC is composed of public library systems, other library institutions and library-related vendors, and serves as an advocate for public libraries by education and growth opportunities.

Murray told the library board that while the OLC would begin posting the job in mid to late February, a search for director should begin in earnest following this coming spring’s vote on the library’s renewal levy.

“That advertising has changed a lot,” she said. “We used to (post listings) in Hotline and Library Journal, and those things could cost you as much as $9,000,” Murray told the board. “Now we do those things online, with a lot of the state associations that are contiguous to Ohio, and that usually costs about $500 to advertise in most of those.”

Moore announced at the board’s Sept. 20 meeting that she intends to retire, stating that “It is now time for the library to have new leadership.”

Moore began working at the library in 1979 as a part-time employee, and took over as director in 1998.

Murray told the library board that OLC would conduct the initial screening of potential candidates before presenting the library a narrowed pool of candidates. The process will include several rounds of interviews and vetting before a new director would be named.

Murray also said that the OLC’s services would include helping the new director during his or her first few weeks on the job, offering communications aid and other services during that transition period.