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Library Corner
by Duncan R. McCoy, Director
Boulder City Library

New Director

Even though retirement seems to have no reality for me at the moment, it is getting closer all the time. In January, following a months-long national search, the Library Board selected my replacement as Library Director.

Lynn Schofield-Dahl will arrive on Monday, April 7th as Associate Director, a position she’ll hold for a little less than three months. From April through June, Lynn’s job will be to learn as much as she can about the Library’s operation from me, the library staff and the Board of Trustees.

Lynn was the top pick from a field of twelve excellent candidates. She’s been a professional librarian for over twenty years. Lynn received her Masters Degree in Library Science from Texas Women’s University in 1985, worked in Odessa, TX for many years as head of the library’s audiovisual department, then as a children’s librarian, then as an assistant director. Most recently, Lynn has been Director of the Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The Matheson Library is somewhat smaller than our Library in Boulder City, in a somewhat smaller town, but with a somewhat larger extended service population (in the surrounding area). Elkhorn is about midway between Milwaukee and Chicago, where they get a lot of snow. I would be willing to bet that Boulder City will appeal to Lynn because, among other considerations, she’ll probably never have to shovel snow again.

Lynn will do just fine as your new Library Director. She knows a lot about how to run a public library effectively and, coming from public libraries in the Midwest, she knows how to squeeze blood out of a financial turnip. She is a lady who (I suspect) is not easily fooled, but at the same time, she’s got a great sense of humor and has a lot of fun working in libraries.

It is the Library Board’s intention to appoint Lynn Library Director in June, effective July 1st. By that time, Lynn will probably know as much about how I run the Library as she needs to and will be ready to lead the Library the way she thinks it ought to be led.

It will be very interesting for me to sit on the sidelines and see how the Library develops in the coming years.

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