Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jones Library has a new (acting) director

Left to right: Tevis Kimball, Chris Hoffman, Kathy Wang, Patricia Holland (President), Emily Lewis

For the first time in a generation, the Jones Library will not be under the direction of Bonnie Isman, who retired December 10th after thirty years of steady leadership.

Last weekend the Trustees offered in house employee Tevis Kimball, Curator of Special Collections, the temporary position and she accepted. A pair of outside candidates withdrew at the last minute not wishing to sacrifice their current jobs for a short term position.

Presumably Ms. Kimball will return to her in house position after a permanent Director is hired. Next week the Trustees will discuss forming a search committee composed of trustees, staff and members of the general public (presumably library patrons).

December 14, 2010 8:53:29 AM EST
Subject: Jones Library Announcement

I am pleased to let you know that I have accepted the position of Acting Director of the Jones Library, effective today, with responsibility for operations of the Library, and will continue in a limited role as Curator of Special Collections. During this time, Kate Boyle will be the central contact for the collections.

As a crucial part of this transition, I will be supported by George Hicks, Sondra Radosh, and Maggie Spiegel, each of whom will also have new and expanded roles. Effective immediately, George, in addition to his current responsibilities, will oversee capital projects. Sondra will be responsible for day to day personnel issues, as well as her position as Children’s Librarian. Maggie will be responsible for special management projects, while maintaining her role as North Amherst Branch Librarian.

Over the next few days, I will be working with each department to answer questions and to further clarify our transition plan. As we transition to a new permanent Director, we all as a team play a very important role in shaping the future of this great institution, The Jones Library.

Together, in the spirit of teamwork and with a dedication to excellent service, we will continue to enrich the lives of this community. I very much look forward to our accomplishments in the coming months and want to thank you for all that you do for each other and for our patrons.

Best Regards,



Ed said...

Larry -- any word on how concerned citizens can be part of this search? Not all UMass students are knuckle-dragging drunks, some of us actually can use a computer....

As an aside, did you read about the gunfire down to Colonial Village on the 5th? I really don't think that was a UM student...

Anonymous said...

God save Tevis Kimball from these crazy Trustees. Our prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

"Larry -- any word on how concerned citizens can be part of this search?"

Anything? Is there a search? Just wondering.

Anonymous said...

Concerned citizens can check on the agendas posted for Trustees meetings. All meetings must be posted at least 48 in advance at the Town Hall and its website. To express your concerns to the Trustees, use this website:


And, of course, consider running for Trustee and vote!!! Trustee election next March.