The Library Board of Trustees invites the community to meet the final candidates for the Westerville Public Library's Executive Director at this public forum. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the finalists' qualifications and vision for the future of the library.
Each finalist will give a brief presentation, then participate in a moderated panel discussion addressing written questions submitted by the audience. All attendees are invited to stay for a short reception to mingle with the finalists and enjoy light refreshments. The option to submit feedback will be provided. About the Final Candidates
Francoeur is currently the Director of the Shasta Public Libraries in Redding, CA, having previously served as Director of the Finney County Public Library in Garden City, KS. She has over nine years of professional library experience. During her career, Francoeur oversaw development and completion of a 10,000-square foot Nature Explore Center for the Finney County library, developed a reading tracker app for readers to track reading and earn rewards year-round at the Shasta libraries, and worked with area partners to create the Cuddle a Reader program to deliver a book and library card application to every baby born in Shasta County. Francoeur has a master's degree in Library and Information Sciences from Emporia University, KS.
Pruett is currently the Director of the New Braunfels Public Library in New Braunfels, TX, having previously served as Director of the Georgetown Public Library in Georgetown, TX. She has over 23 years of professional library experience. During her career, Pruett created a city community center merging Parks and Recreation and Library department staff and functions, launched city-wide bookmobile service, and her library was one of eight libraries selected to pilot the EDGE Initiative (a public computing access benchmark project) and was one of twenty libraries selected as a pilot site for the Aspen Institute Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library. Pruett has a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas-Austin. About the Director Search
After 28 years of service to the Westerville Public Library, Don W. Barlow will be retiring this year as Executive Director. Last fall, the Library's Board of Trustees began the search for a new leader by hiring Bradbury Miller Associates
, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in locating the best and brightest from the world of libraries. The firm gathered input from the library's board, staff and community representatives to better understand the area's needs and the issues facing the library. The information was used to develop a national recruiting effort that included advertisements in job- and library-related websites and professional publications, as well as promotion through social media.
The board received 47 applications in the national search process. Over several months, that pool was narrowed to the finalists by a special Library Board search committee.