WRL announces three finalists for director position

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The Williamsburg Library. (Staff Photo)
The Williamsburg Library. (Staff Photo)

The Williamsburg Regional Library Board of Trustees announced Friday its final list of  candidates selected to interview for the position of library director.

According to a news release, members of the library’s Board of Trustees will interview the three candidates in January.

The search for a new director began in July, after the departure of Genevieve Owens, a former assistant director who was appointed executive director in February 2014.

Janet Crowther, the assistant director, has served as interim director during the search. Crowther said at the onset of the search she would not apply for the position of executive director.

WRL provided the following biographies for the three finalists:

Jenny Bailey

Ms. Bailey currently serves as director of the Blackwater Regional Library System, where she has also served in several branch manager positions. She has also worked for the Library of Virginia and both the Hampton City and Suffolk City Libraries. Ms. Bailey holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Carolina.

Betsy Fowler

Ms. Fowler is a library advocate, consultant, and former public library administrator who served as Director of Library and Research Services for the City of Chesapeake and as the Coordinator of Branch Services for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, serving the city of Fredericksburg. She holds a Master’s of Science in Library Science from The Catholic University of America.

Karen Ronald

Ms. Ronald holds a Master’s in Library Science and a Master’s in Political Studies as well as course work at the doctorate level in computing science and technology. She has worked in a variety of library positions, and has diverse experience gained from leading a bilingual, rural library in Canada, a private association library, and two municipal library systems in Connecticut.