A New Chapter at Lunenburg Library
LUNENBURG -- The Lunenburg Public Library will soon have a new leader, and Muir Haman says he’s up for the challenge.
The Board of Trustees announced Haman’s selection as director Thursday night, after interviewing him and another candidate.
Haman, who currently oversees Adult Services at the library, will take over the job on April 1, following the retirement of Martha Moore, who has held the position for the past six years.
Board Chairman Dick Mailloux said Haman brings a “youthful maturity” to the position, and would be well-suited to continue the library’s efforts to become a center of the community.
″(Muir) has been very, very strong in bringing in programs, and I think that will continue,” Mailloux said. “He’s good with people and, ultimately, libraries are people places.”
Board member Donna Saiia said Haman had already proven he is capable of taking on the challenges of the position.
“I’m really excited about (Muir) looking outside of the box on what can benefit the community,” Saiia said.
In his interview, Haman said he understands that the job of library director is often a hectic one, but he feels he’s up to the task, especially when it comes to handling constant interruptions.
“Anybody who’s worked in libraries understands that happens, no matter where you are,” Haman said. “One of the specific things that I do, is I have a book where I write down and break down the day into hour and half-hour increments, and keep track of what I’ve been doing. Because the hardest part for me, when an interruption comes up and you finally resolve it, is remembering and getting back into whatever it is you were doing before.”
Haman, who has worked at the library for the past six months, admitted he did not have a lot of experience as a director, but that he had learned much while observing supervisors at every library he has worked at in the past.
“In particular, over the last month and a half, Martha and I have been meeting weekly to talk about a lot of that day-to-day stuff, (like) budgeting, working with Town Hall, vouchers, and how you create a purchase requisition,” Haman said. “Lack of confidence is not a problem anymore for me. Although I have not done it yet, I do feel very confident in my understanding of what needs to happen.”
Haman said he did not anticipate having any trouble making the transition into supervising the library staff, but admitted it was a situation that would need to be handled with care.
“That’s always a delicate thing to navigate, but I think I’ve earned my colleagues’ respect and trust, and I think that goes a long way in setting up any kind of transition,” Haman said.
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