Our Library has been known for its great directors and for seeding them around the country. Last week we said farewell to Director Marjorie Harrison, bound for the Oregon State Library in Salem.
Margie arrived here at the beginning of November 2010 from the Nebraska panhandle (think Colorado and Wyoming, not Iowa), where she had been the coordinator for the 127-library Panhandle Library System.
Library staff and trustees have admiringly joked that beginning almost before she unpacked, the Library suffered floods, fire, plagues of frogs (well, birds, actually), and a state audit. She handled all these dramatic occurrences brilliantly, and proceeded to get down to work.
For the next two years, Margie presided over the Library's major and comprehensive long-range planning process and measured every new action against those goals. She guided the Library through three budgets and a levy election, and oversaw the intricate changeover to a new information system. The last of these was complicated by the fact that it simply didn't work out for our Library, and Margie had the wisdom and courage to change course when that became clear.
Margie was deeply involved in the community, and was a 2012 graduate of Leadership San Juan Islands.
I became President of the Board of Trustees soon after Margie arrived at the Library, and I had the opportunity to work closely with her for the next year. I learned that she has a wry and delightful sense of humor, intense curiosity, and a belief that anything that needs doing can be done.
Library staff and trustees, as well as the Islanders who came to know Margie, all wish her well and will miss her very much.
Now the search has begun for a new Library Director. Resumes submitted from around the country are being reviewed, and candidates will be selected for initial telephone interviews. Then a few applicants will be invited to visit the Library and have in-person interviews before the Trustees make the final selection.
Secretary Board of Trustees
San Juan Library District