SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The search committee for a new library director here has interviewed candidates from Maine as well as across the country, including California, Arizona, South Carolina and Chicago.
Candy Emlen, who served as director for almost 30 years, retired in March.
Katie Pickup-McMullin, who has been the library’s assistant director since 2012 and a part of the library system for 16 years, is serving as interim director.
In a recent survey, patrons of the Southwest Harbor Library praised it for the diversity of programs it offers as well as its welcoming and knowledgeable staff.
The library’s ability to integrate constantly evolving technologies has allowed for its patrons to access online materials valued at a couple of million dollars from anywhere in the world.
Due to the shifting pace, the library carved out a development and marketing position, which Liz Solet filled last November. The board also created a development committee to come up with a fundraising plan and a communications strategy.
Solet said the library team is discussing how to preserve the culture and identity of the place while responding to the changing needs.