Magazine article American Libraries

Director Leaves; Aids Efforts to Reopen

Magazine article American Libraries

Director Leaves; Aids Efforts to Reopen

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"I did everything I could here," Ted Stark, interim director of the shuttered Jackson County (Ore.) Libraries, told American Libraries about his resigning effective August 17 to head the Menomonie (Wis.) Public Library. Stark succeeded Ronnie Budge, who retired just before the 15-branch system was shuttered in April due to lack of operating funds. A month later, voters defeated an operating levy that would have made up for Congress failing to reauthorize more than $23 million in federal timber subsidies, $8.3 million of which were slated for FY2007 county library services there (AL, Aug., p. 24-25).

Among Stark's final duties were helping County Administrator Danny Jordan craft a July 10 letter to area municipalities, community groups, and school districts to "ask what their intentions are" toward facilitating the reinstatement of services, and issuing a Request for Proposal for management of the system. The only two respondents were the county workers union, SEIU Local 503, and management firm Library Systems and Services.

Noting that he is "trying to keep everything out on the table," Jordan told AL that he intended to bring a "range of options" to the county commission once he has digested the RFP and governing-authority responses and the county's legal department has advised him of the acceptable uses to which branch buildings and property can be put under the 15 negotiated agreements with local governments. …

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