Archive for Monday, February 20, 2012

Second Lawrence library director candidate ready to meet the public

February 20, 2012


A former supervisor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Library is one of three finalists for the director position of the Lawrence Public Library.

Bradley Allen will be in Lawrence on Tuesday to interview for the Lawrence Public Library’s top management spot, and to speak with community stakeholders. Allen also will participate in a public forum at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the library’s auditorium where he’ll speak on the future of libraries and take questions from the public.

Allen is branch manager and programming coordinator for the Everett Public Library in Everett, Wash., a town of about 100,000 people north of Seattle.

From 2006 to 2010, Allen served as the adult services supervisor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Allen has ties to Lawrence. He received his undergraduate degree from Kansas University in 1997. He also has a masters of library and information science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and a masters of Afro-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Allen will be the second of three finalists to interview for the position. Last week, Sarah Tansley, a branch manager in Chicago’s public library system interviewed and gave a public presentation.

The third candidate — officials haven’t released the name — is scheduled to interview and give a public presentation at 3 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the library.


Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 3 months ago

You have to wait to hear him speak, but he has strong ties to Lawrence and that is very important.

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 3 months ago

I have also noted in detail the website for the Everett Public Library, and it is very impressive. There is a monthly podcast from the Director, and there are all kinds of programming activities.

Best of all, there is a branch library-which I have been promoting for years in Lawrence, and which the Library Board has never replied to. This would allow people from different parts of town, who because they don't have cars, are limited in ability to walk, or are kids, could go to without having to go all across town to the main library.

There should be different small libraries, storefronts, all over town. These could be combined with utility collections, SRS, etc., to make them real gathering points for people. The cost could be kept down by people volunteering their time to help with collections, have community gardens, etc. It would be such a different place than Lawrence now is.

The website is:

pavlovs_dog 6 years, 3 months ago

How about micro-branches like having a single bring-one, take-one book shelf at the out-lying rec centers?

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