Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ketchum library director stepping down

Cynthia Dillon to return to California for personal reasons

Express Staff Writer

Cynthia Dillon

    Executive Director Cynthia Dillon has resigned from her job at The Community Library in Ketchum, having held the position since March 2013.
    Sally (Boettger) Gillespie, former executive director of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, will fill in as acting executive director until the board finds a replacement, a Friday, Aug. 8, news release states.
    Dillon is returning to San Diego, Calif., effective Aug. 22 for personal reasons.
    Gillespie left her position with The Center last January to pursue independent project consulting. She will continue her private practice during her tenure with The Community Library, the library news release states.
    “Gillespie’s focus is on helping organizations—both for-profit and non-profit—plan and execute major strategic initiatives to advance their goals,” the press release states. “She will be serving at a time when the library is embarking on such a process.”
    Dillon orchestrated a partnership between the library and the Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society’s Ski and Heritage Museum. The museum was renamed the Sun Valley Museum of History and reopened in July with a new exhibit focused on the history of the railroad in the valley. Dillon also hired three trained librarians with Library Science graduate degrees, encouraged the impending “reimagining” sessions and led in redefining the library board’s vision and mission statement.
    “[Cynthia] Dillon has reinvigorated the library culture and introduced a number of positive changes,” said Lyman Drake, board chair.
    Drake said in a phone interview with the Idaho Mountain Express that the board has “a great sense of urgency” to fill the position. He said they hope to hire someone local to the Wood River Valley within three to five months. The board is currently forming a search committee.
    Dillon said she will continue to support the endeavors of The Community Library.
    “It is with great fondness and deep gratitude that I leave this wonderful organization and community,” Dillon said. “The board and staff are exemplary in their commitment to the library and the public it serves, and the residents of this valley are second-to-none.”

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