[Libs-Or] Multnomah County Names Three Library Director Finalists

HUMMEL Penny pennyh at multcolib.org
Wed Apr 8 08:47:45 PDT 2009

For release: April 8, 2009 

Contact: Rhys Scholes,  Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler's Office,
503-988-5273 Ext. 85273 

Multnomah County names three Library Director finalists 

The public is invited to a forum April 14 to meet candidates and ask

The Office of Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler has named three
finalist candidates for the position of Multnomah County library
director. In alphabetical order, the finalists are: 

1.	Holly Carroll, currently deputy director, Cleveland Public
Library, Ohio 
2.	Christian Kruse, currently director, Live Oak Public Libraries,
Savannah, Georgia 
3.	Vailey Oehlke, currently deputy director, Multnomah County

The three finalists will be involved in two days of tours and interviews
on April 13 and 14. A public forum will be held on Tuesday, April 14, at
1:30 p.m. at the Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard.
Each candidate will make a presentation followed by a question and
answer session. The public is invited to attend. 

The process for hiring a new library director began in February after
Library Director Molly Raphael announced her retirement, effective May
1. Jana McLellan, Multnomah County chief operating officer, has been
leading a nationwide recruitment process. Multnomah County Library's
national reputation has helped generate strong interest and a field of
exceptional candidates. 

The Multnomah County library director leads a staff of 568 employees and
manages a budget of $60 million. The facilities include the Central
Library, 16 neighborhood libraries, and two new libraries scheduled to
open in early 2010 in the Kenton neighborhood and the city of Troutdale.
Multnomah County Library was visited by 4.7 million people last year and
total circulation of library books and materials topped 20 million. 

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