Library board continues search for director in Waynesboro

January 28, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Only one person has been interviewed for the job as director of the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library in Waynesboro.

The library is seeking a replacement for Scott Valentine, who left the director's post in November for personal reasons after three years on the job, Peggy McCleary, chairman of the library's personnel and policy committee, said Monday.

Nearly 20 people have sent in applications, she said.

The position is being advertised in area newspapers and on the Internet where it reaches librarians in public and private libraries and school and college libraries.


The ads state that a master's degree in library science is required of all applicants.

"Many of them don't have one, so they're eliminated immediately," McCleary said.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, said Ricky Prado, consultant for the Franklin County Library System.

The salary offered is around $30,000, depending on experience and education, McCleary said.

Prado is serving as interim director of the Waynesboro library until a replacement for Valentine is hired. He spends a day and a half a week in Waynesboro, he said.

There are seven libraries and a bookmobile in the Franklin County system, Prado said.

Included are the Coyle Free Library and the Ragged Edge Library, both in Chambersburg, Pa.; the St. Thomas Library; Fort Loudon Library; the Lillian S. Besore Memorial Library in Greencastle, Pa.; and the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library and its branch, the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

While Waynesboro and Blue Ridge Summit are in the countywide system and do receive state funding, they have some autonomy in that they operate with their own nine-member board of directors with representatives from each community.

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