Library chief calling it quits, will retire soon
It’s a time of major change for the Mesa County Libraries, with a new multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion of the central branch expected to be ready in June.
But the future of the libraries beyond this August will be guided by someone other than the group’s current director, Eve Tallman, who announced Friday that she is retiring from the job.
“Mesa County citizens have been the tremendous beneficiaries of having Eve serve as the library director with her great vision, leadership and managerial skill,” Barry Blanchard, president of the library’s Board of Trustees, said in a news release.
During Tallman’s time as director, dating back to 2007, library branches in Fruita, Palisade, Clifton and Orchard Mesa have moved into improved facilities, local library use has increased between 30 percent and 40 percent and more county residents have library cards than ever before.
The library board has already begun the process to find Tallman’s replacement. Trustees officially established themselves as the search committee for her successor on Thursday evening, and the job posting seeking candidates for her replacement is up on a number of professional websites, library spokesman Bob Kretschman said.
“(The board does) want to move quickly and get somebody on board fairly soon, hopefully before Eve leaves in August,” he said. “If the new director can come on, and there’s a little bit of overlap, then that would be ideal.”
In announcing her retirement, Tallman cited family concerns, as well as a desire to travel, rock climb and pursue other personal interests.
“I conjure up a new road trip itinerary on a daily basis lately,” she said in the news release. “I have an urge to pull weeds in the garden and to volunteer for causes I am involved with.”