Four finalists for Timberland Library executive director

Here are the names, via a TRL press release. Public forums (pdf) for all four finalists will be in just over a week.

Barbara Pickell is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in English and an MLS (Master of Library Science) from Emporia State University. Ms. Pickell has been the Library Director of Clearwater Public Library System in Florida since 2005 where she oversees 4 branches, 89 staff and an annual budget of $5.7 Million. Previous positions include Library Director of Wayne Public Library in New Jersey from 1995 to 2003, Library Director of Fairfield County District Library in Ohio from 2003-2005, and Area Branch Manager in Clark County for Ft. Vancouver Regional Library. Current affiliations include: American Library Association (ALA), Public Library Association (PLA), IFRT, GLBT, Intellectual Freedom Committee and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “I strongly support quality service to all portions of the diverse population that makes up our world today, the use of technology to meet patron needs, and the protection of intellectual freedom. I also believe that flexibility, innovation and problem solving are crucial in developing and providing library service.”

Linda Mielke is currently Director of the Butte County Library in California. She served previously as the CEO of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library; Director of the Carroll County Public Library and Interim assignments in Texas and Oregon. Some key professional accomplishments are building libraries, strategic plans, marketing plans and an organization design plan. Ms. Mielke planned a library consortium and established a foundation and endowment in Maryland. She was elected President of the Public Library Association.

She has served on many community boards including United Way and Rape Crisis Center. She is a graduate of Wayne State University and was awarded Alumna of the Year.

“Throughout my career, I have developed and managed cross-functional teams and led organizational re-engineering plans that have positively impacted the bottom line. I feel confident in my abilities to generate superior results for the Timberland team.”

Leonard Hernandez is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a BA in History and a Master’s of Library Sciences (MLS) from Clarion University. Mr. Hernandez is currently the Library Director for the City of Riverside with 7 branches, 103 FTE and a budget of over $8 Million. Previous positions include Assistant Library Manager, Branch Manager and Regional Library manager for the San Bernardino Library System in California. Current affiliations include ALA, PLA, and the California Library Association (CLA). “During the past twelve years of my library career I have developed skills that have enabled me to lead and supervise employees, peers, new building projects, the development of new library programs, rejuvenation of library support groups, and collaboratively work with county and city representatives in complex situations to achieve successful library services.”

Michael Crose is a graduate of Central Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and Economics as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from The Evergreen State College; Mr. Crose is enrolled in Wayne State’s Master’s of Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) program. Currently TRL’s Interim Executive Director responsible for managing all aspects of a multi-county rural library district of 27 branches, he was the Manager, Administrative Services since 2006. Previous positions include President of C & M Technology, BJSS Architects, Inc., and Timberland Regional Library’s Assistant Director for Management Services from 1980-1994. Current affiliations include ALA, PLA, Washington Library Association (WLA), Pacific County Council of Governments and the Grays Harbor Council of Governments.

“I know from experience that I have the financial, political and organizational skills necessary to guide the Timberland Regional Library through the coming years of change. I believe my experience as a senior manager has earned me the trust and respect of staff at all levels… I also have a vision for the library of the future that blends the upcoming high-tech tools with our more traditional high-touch services.”



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10 responses to “Four finalists for Timberland Library executive director

  1. TRL employee

    I work for TRL, and I’ve been hearing rumors that the Executive Director selection process is basically a formality, that the interim director is going to be offered the permanent position.

    Given the time and money that went into the director search and the (still ongoing) fiasco with the union that has left a lot of employees very angry, I find these rumors extremely disturbing.

    In addition, I have heard that an employee was recently not hired for a position that required an MLA because he/she was a month away from completing the coursework and receiving a diploma. Hiring a director while his MLA is in progress seems like an arbitrary double standard.

    Other than the fact that a lot of employees are angry about the union issue, I don’t know for sure that any of these things are true. I hope I’m wrong. I would ask that you look into these issues, or at the very least talk to people from the Staff Association to get their (our) perspective on what’s been happening the last 10 months.

    I really, really, really apologize for the anonymous email. I’m just concerned that speaking openly could make things unpleasant for me at work. I like my job and 99% of the people I work with. I was also without medical insurance for a long time before I started at TRL. I don’t want to put either of these things in jeopardy. And I don’t want to be making trouble, rumor mongering, or tossing accusations around. I am just concerned about some of the things I’ve been hearing.

  2. Just a short meta note before I respond, the above is an anonymous comment, technically violating the “Rules of the Blog” (above). The reason I didn’t delete it and am responding to it isn’t meant to set a precedence, but to respond to what are likely deep concerns with staff.

    Ok, to the issues about qualifications, the qualifications for any particular job in TRL and the qualifications for the executive director are set by two different processes. As far as I know, the board sets the qualifications for the executive director position, and that’s the only position we have that kind of purview over.

    Also, in terms of the process being a “formality,” in my mind, there is no way this is true. I’m going to listen to all four candidates, I have no decision, even in the smallest way, made yet. In addition to our own interview, I’m going to attend two public forums to listen to what the community’s concerns are as well.

    This is an important process, I hope everyone involves themselves and please, if you have an opinion, share it.


  3. kelsey

    Thank you for your thoughtful response, Emmett. Just to clarify, the previous anonymous poster likely meant MLS or MLIS rather than MLA. MLS stands for a master’s degree in library science, MLIS stands for master’s degree in library & information science. They function as the same degree, but some schools have programs that emphasize the “information” portion of the curriculum and so choose to include that term in their degree description.

    I am impressed with what I’ve read about two of the candidates out of the four so far, particularly in their displayed abilities to effectively manage serious budget cuts in other library systems, but as a TRL employee I should probably keep those thoughts to myself for now.

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  5. Tom Joselyn

    I believe your information is incorrect. If you check the RCW’s you will find that a library is required. Mr. Crose was informed of this 17 years ago when he applied for the TRL director’s job. If he is so committed to libraries why has he waited so long to get a degree? I question his qualifications. Here’s what the RCW states:

    RCW 27.04.055
    Qualifications of librarians — Rules — Fees.

    No library serving a community having over four thousand population, nor any library operated by the state or under its authority, may have in its employ, in the position of librarian or in any other full-time professional library position, a person who does not hold a librarian’s certificate issued by the state librarian or its predecessor. A full-time professional library position, is one that requires, in the opinion of the state librarian, a knowledge of information resources and library/information service delivery equivalent to that required for graduation from an accredited library education program. This section does not apply to the state law library or to county law libraries.

    —I don’t believe the library board has the authority to override the law.

    • Hi Tom,

      The best response is probably found later in that RCW:

      2) Grant librarians’ certificates without examination to applicants who are graduates of library schools programs accredited or otherwise officially recognized by the American library association for general library training, and grant certificates to other applicants when it has satisfied itself by examination that the applicant has attainments and abilities equivalent to those of a graduate of a library school program accredited or otherwise officially recognized by the American library association…

      The RCW requires certification by the state librarian and that certification comes automatically to those with an MLS/MLIS, but those without can still be ceritified. That said, that only comes from my reading of the law and may nit be the case. I’ll ask the HR staff for clarification.


  6. Tom Joselyn

    I believe the section you’re referring to grants the State Library the authority to certify librarians. I think the provision was set up to allow the State Library to certify library staff who worked in libraries for a long time without an MLS, so that small communities could retain local staff and grandfather them in. But again, as I read the RCW, I believe the provision is there to ensure qualified librarians are hired to manage and lead libraries. Indeed, I would think the Board would seek a candidate whose passion for libraries and library service would have lead them to obtain a library degree early in their career.

  7. Michael Crose

    Gee Tom: I didn’t realize that you were such a great fan. I said what are my last good-byes to Mary Stough yesterday in Mother Joseph’s nursing home. She opened her eyes briefly and ask me to “…take care of the library Mike, you understand what we were trying to accomplish.” Sorry to share the intimacy of that last conversation; but how little you all know.

    • For those that don’t know, Mary Stough was the supervising librarian in Lewis County during the early days of the Timberland Library demonstration project (pre-dating TRL proper) and was also a children’s’ services expert. A great resource on the history of library services in Washington state, TRL, the Bowerman plan (which Mike cited in his forum appearances) is “Dynamics of Change,” by Maryan Reynolds, which is available at TRL.

  8. Heather King

    The Timberland position information description for Library Director includes the following-
    Education and Experience:
    Master’s Degree in Library Science, and seven years experience as a Director in a large, multi-branch
    library system; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    Required Licenses or Certifications:
    Must possess a valid Washington Driver’s License.
    Washington State Librarian Certificate is required.”
    The RCW clearly states that certification is only granted when the State Library has “satisfied itself by examination that the applicant has attainments and abilities equivalent to those of a graduate of a library school program accredited [by ALA]” (see above entry).
    There is also a WAC that applies as well
    WAC 300-12-020
    To test for “attainments and abilities equivalent to those of a library/information science school graduate,” the examination process shall reflect the principles of a basic professional curriculum in librarianship. The applicant will be expected to understand the principles and methods of:
    (1) Selecting, acquiring, and organizing library materials by means of cataloging and classification;
    (2) Reference, bibliography, and public services to various groups;
    (3) Administration.
    The applicant should be able to perform these and other operations effectively; should be familiar with the literature of the broad subject fields and the sources of bibliographical and factual information; should have an understanding of government, social institutions and the role of the library in a democratic society; and should be able to initiate and carry out suitable programs of library/information science service.
    WAC 300-12-015
    Eligibility for certification.
    The Washington state library commission shall issue librarians’ certificates:
    (1) Without examination to applicants who are graduates of library/information science schools accredited by the American Library Association.
    (2) By examination to:
    Applicants who present domestic or foreign college or university transcripts from accredited institutions showing successful completion of a minimum of thirty-six quarter credits or twenty-four semester credits in the professional curriculum. This curriculum shall be in library/information sciences or a closely related program — including, but not limited to, coursework in such areas as reference and bibliography, cataloging and classification, and administration — equivalent to masters degree level work. Applications must include favorable references from employers or instructors — must be library related — indicating the applicant’s ability to initiate and carry out effective programs of library service.
    The examination for these applicants shall be a formal written one equivalent to that routinely administered to graduating candidates for a masters degree in library and information sciences.
    In no case may work experience substitute for education.

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