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Sno-Isle Libraries seeks public input for next director


Sno-Isle Libraries is planning to hire a new executive director by the end of the year as their current director has announced her retirement.

The library district is now collecting public opinion about what they want from a new director with an online survey.

An executive director helps shape the direction of Sno-Isle Libraries, which includes most local libraries including the Marysville Library, Arlington Library and the new Lakewood/Smokey Point pilot library.

The survey is available at and is scheduled to be available until May 20.

The short 9-question survey is mainly about what the public wants for a Sno-Isle Libraries director.

"It's really about the kinds of qualities that people want in an executive director,” said Jim Hills, public information manager with Sno-Isle Libraries.

The board of trustees for the library district hope to have a decision in the fall.

"We want to get the new executive director here before Jonalyn leaves, and she plans to stay until the end of November,” said Hills.

Most of Sno-Isle Libraries hiring decisions are made internally, however the executive director is the responsibility of the board of trustees.

District officials have posted a notice for the position, and plan to keep it up until July 1.

The next steps for the selection process are still being decided on by the board of trustees.

"On May 19 the board of trustees has scheduled their annual retreat,” said Hills.

"While I haven't seen the official agenda yet, I'm sure there will be some discussion of how the selection process will take place,” he said.

the surveys will most likely be reviewed later this month or next month, said Hills, with interviews for the positions beginning sometime in the summer.

"We will review those applications, probably in July and August, with final interviews being done in August,” said Hills.

More opportunities for the public to voice their opinion will potentially be scheduled as well.

"There will likely be an opportunity for applicants to be seen by the community before a final decision is made,” said Hills.

Sno-Isle Libraries current executive director, Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, told the board of trustees last year that she was planning to retire at the end of 2018, after being with the organization for 33 years.

"She came as a librarian first and quickly moved into a leadership role here,” said Hills.

In the last few years she has helped to provide more libraries to local communities.

"Recently she's done a lot to look at how Sno-Isle serves their local communities,” said Hills, and those discussion led to new pilot libraries at Lakewood/Smokey Point and in the Mariner area south of Everett.

"These were people that were paying into the library district and they didn't have the same level of access,” said Hills.

Although Woolf-Ivory has retirement coming up, Hills said she is “not on cruise control” and is continuing work recently to look at the recent narrowly-passed levy results and "what can we learn from those results,” said Hills.

Updates about the Sno-Isle Libraries and their executive director search will be available at


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