County Library District Candidates Down to Two

By Hammett, Caroline | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), June 3, 2017 | Go to article overview

County Library District Candidates Down to Two


Hammett, Caroline, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)


Only two candidates remain in consideration to lead the Spokane County Library District.

Cindy Moore, a former library director from Wyoming, is vying with Patrick Roewe, Spokane County's deputy director, to head an administration with jurisdiction over a constellation of libraries in the system.

Executive Director Nancy Ledeboer will step down on Sept. 1 after five years in the position.

The district announced Thursday that one of the three original finalists, Brett Lear, the former director of the Sonoma County Library in California, withdrew his application.

The Spokane County Library District contains 10 full-service branches, plus a small branch called the Bookend. The district has a budget of about $11 million.

The library district will host a public reception for citizens to meet Moore and Roewe at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fireside Lounge at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, in Spokane Valley.

PATRICK ROEWE

Roewe, 38, came to Spokane in 2007 to be a librarian in the Spokane County Library District and has been in senior management since 2009.

He emphasized "continuity without complacency" when speaking of the future of the library district.

For a long time, he explained, libraries have performed a constant role in learning and research. But now, the advancement of technology allows researchers to access the internet in place of archivists and librarians.

Roewe wants to keep the district moving dynamically with the times.

As deputy director, he said he focuses on "turning outward" and ensuring the libray engages with the greater community of Spokane.

The Spokane County Library District is one of 10 in the nation involved in Libraries Transforming Communities, a program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Roewe has led the program in Spokane for the past few years.

By bringing the "talents and skills of a library to community issues" and by "showing we are fully integrated" with the community, he said, the libraries will reinstate themselves as an "active collaborating agent."

He earned a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Washington and a bachelor's in English from Gonzaga University.

Roewe said he is "excited for the opportunity to serve the community."

CINDY MOORE

Until November 2016, Moore was the county librarian at Albany County Public Library in Laramie, Wyoming.

Moore, 59, said when she started the job, the finances of the library, which has three locations, were in trouble as the state's critical "mineral money," as Moore called it, stopped flowing.

Mineral royalties from oil and gas make significant contributions to public services in Wyoming. …

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