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Finalists announced for Iowa City Public Library director

Public forum to be held Oct. 29

The Iowa City Public Library. (file photo)
The Iowa City Public Library. (file photo)

IOWA CITY — On Monday, the public will have a chance to meet the three finalists for Iowa City Public Library’s new director — Elsworth Carman, Kim Kietzman and Sheila Schofer.

The finalists will participate in a public forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday in Meeting Room A at the library, 123 S. Linn St., according to a news release from the city.

Carman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Information Studies, and his early career focused on teen services. He moved into teen and children’s services management before shifting into administrative roles in library leadership, most recently as the director of the Marion Public Library.

Kietzman has served as director of the Altoona (Iowa) Public Library for nearly nine years. She also held roles as the administrator of a 15-county Iowa library service area with a focus on management consulting, the founding director of a new library, and as a programmer in a neighborhood urban library.

Schofer has more than 20 years of experience in library management, staff development, cultural programming, fundraising and community partnerships. She is part of the executive management team at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City — the fifth largest library system in the nation.

Monday’s forum is hosted by the ICPL Friends Foundation.

The library’s board of trustees expects to hire a new director in November. The new director will begin working at ICPL in January of 2019.

Current Library Director Susan Craig will retire at the end of December after 41 years of service. Craig was named the director in 1994.

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