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Library board names interim director

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With its recently ousted director in the second row, the Gwinnett County Library Board of Trustees named an interim director Monday.

Liz Forster, the 15-branch system's deputy director, has been given the title until a permanent replacement is found for Nancy Stanbery-Kellam, who was fired without cause last week.

No action was taken on finding a new director. Board Chairman Dick Goodman said after the meeting that officials would consult with others about how to conduct a national search.

Stanbery-Kellam, who will receive a severance package equal to a year's salary of $121,414, according to her contract, attended Monday's session with her family. She has not spoken publicly since her ouster and declined comment after the meeting.

Last week, Goodman said the board wants new leadership to help redefine the library's purpose in the wake of dwindling funding and changing technology.

Also on Monday, the library board approved its $18.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins next month.

With county officials beginning to plan for the upcoming calendar year budget, the library board approved a request for its subsidy, seeking the return of $1 million cut in January. However, while the cut was directed toward the system's materials budget, the board has asked for the money in order to increase hours at its branches, Goodman said.

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KP 10 months ago

I hope she is only a TEMPORARY interim. This library system needs a complete overhaul. The BOC needs to put their money where their mouth is and get new people with fresh ideas in this system.

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Arrow 10 months ago

I agree! The library director slate needs to be wiped clean and they need to get in a whole new, fresh crew with a new way of thinking. They could save so much money by not allowing everyone outside of the county to get library computer passes, combine director positions and save money!! and stop giving books to Better World Books; there used to be 5 full shelves of books in every row and now for the most part there are 4.

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JodyR 10 months ago

I too hope this is TEMPORARY. Each director of the Gwinnett Library needs to be replaced! When hours and budget were cut, were there ever any library layoffs? NO The children got hurt in the process not being able to get books they needed for summer reading; adults could not get their Harlequin novels; yet when the Library was open 10am-3pm the same number of staff manned the library desk. And I am tired of waiting 45 minutes for a computer when people OUT OF COUNTY are still receiving FREE library computer passes.

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