CONWAY LIBRARY SELECTS NEW DIRECTOR

by Christian Mower on June 3, 2013

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONWAY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES SAYS THE TRUSTEES ARE EXTREMELY EXCITED ABOUT THE HIRING OF A NEW DIRECTOR FOR THE LIBRARY.

MARK HOUNSELL SAYS DAVID SMOLEN OF MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE WAS ONE OF 13 APPLICANTS FOR THE POSITION, WHICH HAS BEEN VACANT SINCE THE DEPARTURE OF TARA THOMAS IN 2012.

SMOLEN HOLDS A MASTERS OF LIBRARY SCIENCE AND HAS WORKED FOR 16 YEARS IN VARIOUS LIBRARY POSITIONS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, INCLUDING SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, TECHNICAL SERVICES AND REFERENCE. HOUNSELL SAYS SMOLEN’S CREDENTIALS, POSITIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM COLLEAGUES, HIS GREAT DESIRE TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE VALLEY – HOME OF HIS WIFE’S FAMILY – AND HIS ENGAGING PERSONALITY HELPED CREATE A FEELING ON THE BOARD HE’S A GOOD MATCH FOR THE LIBRARY, ITS STAFF AND THE COMMUNITY.

HOUNSELL SAYS SMOLEN WILL “BRING ENTHUSIASM AND AN UPBEAT, POSITIVE, HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL FACE TO THE LIBRARY, HE’LL STREAMLINE SOME SERVICES AND KEEP THE LIBRARY UPDATED WITH TECHNOLOGY. PEOPLE IN CONWAY SHOULD FEEL PRETTY CONFIDENT THE LIBRARY IS GETTING READY FOR A VIBRANT AND EXCITING FUTURE.”

HOUNSELL ALSO EXPRESSES DEEP APPRECIATION FOR THE MONTHS OF WORK DONE BY THE SEARCH COMMITTEE, A SMALL GROUP MADE UP OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, LIBRARY STAFF, PATRONS AND A MEMBER OF THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY.

HE ALSO THANKS INTERIM LIBRARY DIRECTOR BETTY PARKER AND HER STAFF, SAYING THEY HAVE BEEN “STELLAR AND HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL DURING THIS INTERIM PERIOD.”

HOUNSELL SAYS SMOLEN WILL ASSUME HIS ROLE OF DIRECTOR AFTER HE MOVES HIS FAMILY TO THE VALLEY AREA BY MID-JULY.