LAWRENCEVILLE -- The future of Gwinnett's library director could be decided at a specially called meeting Wednesday.
The contract for Nancy Stanbery-Kellam, who has served as director since 2006, is the sole item on the agenda.
Board Chairman Dick Goodman declined to discuss Stanbery-Kellam's job performance or his plans for the meeting, other than to discuss the contract, which will expire in September.
Stanbery-Kellam took over the now 15-branch system after the controversial firing of another leader, Joann Pinder, just six years after the system won a national Library of the Year award.
In 2009, residents circulated a petition to oust her from the job, after the board voted to close the Dacula library branch when a nearby Hamilton Mill one opened. That decision was later rescinded, as was another unpopular plan to convert some branches to computer labs to save money.
The system's money woes have continued in recent years, with hours drastically reduced before they were boosted earlier this year. Then, the system's materials budget took the brunt of the most recent cut in funding, and county officials have more closely examined the system's books.
Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, who does not have a direct role in the library's operations other than budgeting county funds, declined to comment about the system's leadership.
"I have been focused on the performance of the library system as a whole rather than the performance of one or more individual staff members," she said. "I have been open with my desire to see the library system willing to consider new approaches. We cannot afford to continue the same pattern of operations for the library any more than we can for other county functions. We have to keep pushing for efficiencies and for value in service delivery."
Stanbery-Kellam did not return a phone call seeking comment.
The specially called meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the system's administrative headquarters at its Lawrenceville branch.