DANVILLE – After almost four years at the Danville Public Library, Theresa Tyner is leaving as director to take the same position at the Crawfordsville District Public Library in Indiana.
Tyner started Sept. 1, 2015 at the Danville Public Library. She was hired after longtime director Barb Nolan retired.
“My last full day will be July 5, probably,” Tyner said.
She and the Danville Public Library board are working on a plan to get through the interim period. She may be working about 15 hours a week to help out as needed. That’s still to be determined.
Tyner said somebody let her know about the open position in Crawfordsville, Ind. After looking into it and being selected, she said it was about “just returning to Indiana,” for her.
Tyner previously lived in Muncie, Ind., and has served in various library positions through the years in Noblesville, Ind, Lafayette, Ind., Marion, Ind., North Manchester, Ind., West Lafayette, Ind., and Indianapolis. She received her master’s degree in library science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
“It’s sad to leave here,” Tyner said of Danville, but added “I’m excited to start a new phase.”
In Tyner’s time at the Danville Public Library, the library’s long-planned renovations, which included a new teen space, were completed.
“We’re debuting a new website in June,” Tyner also said.
In Tyner’s time here, she’s also been involved with Arts in the Park, she’s in charge of the children’s tent this year; Red Mask Players and Gregory’s Academy of the Arts, which is doing Carol Burnett skits this summer with Tyner saying “those are so fun to do”; and she’s helped out with other events such as the local Scrabble tournaments.
Danville Public Library Board President Linda Bolton said she’ll have a couple other trustees work with her on putting together a search committee to find a new director. The committee will be presented at the June 18 board meeting.
“We have a plan on how to keep operations going,” Bolton said, adding that Assistant Director Jennifer Hess also soon will be going on maternity leave.
Tyner will still be helping in the interim to make sure checks are signed and other things get done, Bolton said.
But Bolton also said “all our department managers within the library do an excellent job. They handle their own departments. I’m not worried about the library …”
Bolton said she’s not sure if there will be an internal search first for the director position, then a full external search.
“We don’t know yet,” she said. She said they’d like to have someone in place by fall.
The board also can take this time to look at job descriptions again. It could affect two positions if someone with the library applies for the director position, Bolton said.
“I’m not going to rush it because we don’t have to. We have such a wonderful staff ..,” she said.
Bolton added about Tyner, “I’m excited for her. She’s has done such a wonderful job here. I think she will be even happier in Crawfordsville, where she has some friends.”
“We’ve had so many demands on her … She’s just done a wonderful job,” Bolton added. “It’s our loss certainly.”