Search for director of Schenectady County Library system underway as director retires – The Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY — Deputy library directors will oversee operations of the Schenectady County Library System until a new executive director is appointed.

The interim co-executive directors will take over after Karen Bradley retires on Friday. Bradley has served as director since October 2012.

The county has been searching for a new superintendent for several months, at one point getting closer to hiring a candidate from Illinois, according to county superintendent Rory Fluman.

“We made an offer and she declined the job,” he said.

During the initial phase of the job search, more than a dozen people applied for the job, but only about six or seven people met the state qualifications, Fluman said.

To be a qualified candidate, the candidate must have a master’s degree in library science or information services from a program accredited by the American Libraries Association or equivalent, said Erin Roberts, director of public communications for the county. The person must also have eight years of library experience, including three years in an administrative position overseeing operations. They must also demonstrate increased responsibility in the workplace.

“There aren’t a huge number of people qualified by the state to do this,” Fluman said.

The Director of the Library System oversees the operations of the county’s nine locations.

During the hiring process, candidates are interviewed by a committee consisting of the library board, the county executive and a county legislator – Gary Hughes.

Fluman said he believes part of the reason the sole candidate turned down the job was due to salary. Bradley’s current annual salary is just over $107,000 this year, but Fluman said he would fund the position at $120,000 a year in his proposed 2023 budget. Fluman said he doesn’t expect a rollback. on the rise.

“County lawmakers love their libraries,” he said.

The budget is due to be presented to the Legislative Assembly in October.

In the meantime, Fluman said, the county is returning to seek candidates and hopes to fill the position by the end of the year.

Fluman said he will miss Bradley and is both sad to see her go, but happy for her in her well-deserved retirement.

“She’s been a gem for this county,” he said.

Bradley’s departure, however, leaves big shoes to fill, said lawmaker Sara Mae Pratt, chair of the education and libraries committee.

“I’m sure we’ll be looking for someone who, in addition to having all the necessary qualifications, is someone who can really connect with the community, with everyone in our communities,” Pratt said.

Hughes said he would be looking for someone who can carry on Bradley’s leadership and engage with the community.

Fluman said a big part of finding the right person for the job is making sure the next person has a good understanding of how the library works and that there are branches in urban, suburban and rural.

“We need to have someone who is comfortable in all three areas,” he said.

Journalist Shenandoah Brière can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @SB_DailyGazette.

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