Timberland Regional Library will host community forums this week for the three finalists vying for its director position.
Former library director Michael Crose was fired March 28 for numerous “ethical violations,” including receiving a $1,000 honorarium for speaking at a conference while also being paid by the library.
Here are the finalists for the five-county library district’s top spot:
• Ann Hammond has served as executive director of the Lexington Public Library in Kentucky since 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry and a master’s degree in library and information science from The Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
She previously served as deputy county librarian for three years at the Alameda County Library in Fremont, Calif.
In her personal statement for the board, Hammond said she’s had several careers, including work as a forensic scientist with the first DNA fingerprinting laboratory in the country.
“But after several years I began to realize that I wanted to make a difference in a more positive way,” she wrote. “I wanted my path to be one that made people’s lives better, that helped them learn, grow, connect with each other and smile.”
Hammond is married, with two adult children and two grandsons.
• Cheryl Heywood has served as interim public services manager at Timberland Regional Library for several months. Prior to that, she was senior library manager at the Olympia Timberland Library for 12 years.
Heywood has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in library and information studies from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She has worked for public libraries for 24 years and for the Timberland system since 1996.
In her personal statement, Heywood wrote: “Under my leadership, Olympia staff morale thrived. Our unique and varied programs continue to meet our community’s needs, and our outreach activities are numerous. We created a community center that Olympians love – they refer to the library as their ‘community living room,’ and they seek us out for new and creative partnerships.”
Heywood has been married for 28 years and has two daughters.
• Jeff Scott is deputy director of the Tulare County Library in Visalia, Calif. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in information and library science from the University of Arizona.
“One of the most important lessons that I have learned is the power of community,” Scott wrote in a personal statement. “It’s vitally important that a library demonstrates that it genuinely cares about the people it serves. Whether it is building new library branches with state of the art technology, renovating existing libraries in critical areas or providing book machines in locations were no service is nearby, responsive leadership has been central to my career.”
Public can meet candidates for library job
Meet the finalists vying for director of the Timberland Regional Library from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Timberland Administrative Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd. SW., Tumwater; 10:30 a.m.-noon on Friday at the Aberdeen branch, 121 E. Market St., Aberdeen; and 3-4:30 p.m. Friday at the Chehalis branch, 400 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis.
For more information, call 800-562-6022 or go to trl.org.