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BLOOMINGTON - It could be early summer before the Bloomington Public Library gets a new director.

The Bloomington Public Library board of trustees hired Gossage, Sager and Associates this week to help conduct a national search for its director. The Buffalo Grove-based firm specializes in conducting searchs for libraries.

Board President Carol Koos said the board hopes to have a new director hired and in the position by June.

City finance director Brian Barnes and library marketing manager Krysta Tepper serve as interim co-directors of the library. They were appointed to cover the position in July when former director Matt Kubiak went on administrative leave. The board and Kubiak reached a settlement in September when the board formally accepted Kubiak's resignation.

"The board and search committee wanted to take a thorough look at national candidates as well as internal candidates," Koos said. "If we have an idea of the quality of national candidates we will also have a better idea of what we have internally as well."

Out of the library's staff of nearly 60 full-time employees, about 18 are librarians. The director is expected to have librarian's credentials.

Tepper said a tentative schedule for the search sets the deadline for applications around March 1. Interviews would follow, and finalists for the job would be selected in April or May.

Koos said the board decided to use a search firm to assist the search committee because the library does not have the resources to conduct a national search. The board will pay $20,000 plus some expenses to the search firm.

The library search committee is headed by Koos. Other members are:

w Marcia Young, site manager of the David Davis Mansion and a member of the Bloomington Public Library Foundation Board.

w Mary Ann Webb, a local accountant and member of the library's foundation board.

w Carol Carrie Odekirk, president of the Golden Prairie Library board.

w Jim Charlesworth, a member of the library board of trustees.

w Pat Morland, executive director of the Western Avenue Community Center.

w Karen Schmidt, a Bloomington alderman and a librarian with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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