Yesterday we met the three finalists for the Dallas Public Library System director's position, one of whom's the current interim, Corinne Hill. The other two candidates presented to city officials by a DeSoto-based search firm (??) are out-of-towners: Juliet Machie, who actually remains the deputy director of the Detroit Public Library despite earlier reports saying she was ousted over contracting concerns; and Larry Frank, who lives in Knox County, Tennessee, following his celebrated tenure there as its senior director of library services. Machie, turns out, also has local ties: From 1997 to '98, says her bio, she served as director of the Zale Library at Paul Quinn College.
And yesterday we let others tell their stories; today, we give them space to sell themselves. On the other side are all three candidates' résumés and letters explaining why they'd be perfect for the job of directing the library system into an uncertain future. The city has redacted some of their personal contact information, in case you were wondering.
From Hill: "I am a hands-on, fully engaged library director with the vision to take a library forward, even in difficult economic times."
Writes Machie: "I am a dynamic, strategic, transformational and experienced leader who is poised and ready to deliver the innovative, productivity, success and engagement that you desire for the Dallas Public Library."
Insists Frank: "I am considered a superlative library administrator, visionary and facilitator, experienced in cultivating partnerships and developing strategic financial tactics." He's also the author of The Arius Scrolls.
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