New library director up for vote

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett could have a new library director Friday.

The Gwinnett County Library Board of Trustees will meet in a special session at 6:30 p.m. at its Lawrenceville administrative offices, where the sole item on the agenda is a vote on the new director.

Library and county officials did not respond to emails seeking information about candidates Thursday.

In June, the libary board fired then-Director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam without cause, with board Chairman Dick Goodman saying he wanted a replacement to help the system navigate new challenges, including waning funding as people use technology instead of relying on traditional publishing.

An advertisement for the position said the board was seeking an executive director “to develop a new model of library service delivery while building on the library’s award-winning traditions.”

“The successful candidate will find a library system with significant challenges and outstanding opportunities,” the posting said, referring to the 15-branch system that is one of the largest in Georgia.

Listing a salary for between $115,000 and $135,000, the posting’s minimum requirements include a master’s degree in library science and five years experience as well as ability to maintain Georgia certification.

The library board has recently met in closed session to interview candidates, but leaders have been tight-lipped about the response.

Liz Forster, the system’s deputy director, has lead the system during the system, with leaders saying they hoped to have a permanent director on board around the beginning of the new year.