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Former Marion library director named new head of Iowa City Public Library

Elsworth Carman
Elsworth Carman
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The Iowa City Public Library has announced its successor for longtime library director Susan Craig.

In a news release Thursday evening, the library’s board of trustees announced the hiring of Elsworth Carman, who most recently served as director of the Marion Public Library.

“We are proud and excited to welcome Elsworth Carman as our next visionary leader,” said Robin Paetzold, president of the board, in the news release.

“We agree that he has the right leadership, communication and financial skills to deliver the best possible public library service going forward,” Paetzold said, speaking for board. “He gained unique insights during his 12 years in a broad range of public library work including positions as a director, and with children and teens. Elsworth has a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and collaboration, and is focused on values that mirror our library and community.”

Carman was selected from three finalists following a nationwide search, according to the release.

He 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 in Marion.

“Iowa City is a special place, and I’m excited to become part of the community,” Carman said in the release. “It will be a joy to get to know the people who live and work here and learn more about how the library can contribute to celebrating the diversity, culture and energy unique to the area. It is a true honor to follow a director as strong and respected as Susan Craig. I look forward to the challenge of moving ICPL into the future in a way that celebrates her legacy of leadership while also welcoming change and growth.”

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Craig will retire at the end of December after 41 years with the library. She was named director in 1994.

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