Meet top 2 finalists for Mahoning library director at Wednesday forum

Meet top 2 finalists for Mahoning library director at Wednesday forum



One of two finalists for the directorship of the Mahoning County public library system has been embroiled in controversy over a library expansion in Detroit, and another has not worked in library service since 2008.

Both candidates, however, say they have plenty of library experience to offer this community if they become library director here.

The public is invited to meet Juliet Machie, of Belleville, Mich., deputy director of the Detroit Public Library; and John S. Weedon, of Manchester, Conn., volunteer coordinator of the Foodshare food bank in Bloomfield, Conn., at a Wednesday forum for the finalists.

Weedon and Machie, who have applied to become director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, are scheduled to appear at the 6 p.m. forum at the Poland library, 311 S. Main St.

The current director, Carlton A. Sears, will retire March 30, after 15 years as director of Mahoning County’s 16-branch library system. His annual salary is $109,430.

Twenty-five applicants responded to the job advertisement, which said the position requires a master’s degree in library science from an accredited institution and that the salary here would be between $95,000 and $110,000 a year.

The ad also says the job requires “a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible public library experience, with at least three years of executive level experience as director of a smaller library, or deputy, assistant or associate director of a similar-sized system.”

A third finalist, who had been scheduled to appear at Wednesday’s forum, withdrew her application because she took another job, and an alternate candidate is unable to attend, but still interested in the position, said Dan Bradbury of the Bradbury Associates search firm of Kansas City, Mo.

The firm is being paid $20,000 to help library trustees here in the search for a new director.

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