ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Public Library Board of Trustees is holding a candidate finalist presentation open to the public for the library director position at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.

“We have deeply appreciated the public’s engagement in our search for our next library director, and hope the community will join us for a presentation,” Search Committee Co-Chairs Teresa Vadakin and Nina Scholtz said in a press release.

The presentations will take place on a live Zoom call, and a moderated audience Q&A session will follow the initial presentation, and attendees are encouraged to submit feedback after the presentation.

The new director will replace Vadakin, who has been serving in the position as the interim director. The national search concluded with dozens of applications from library leaders across the country, who were then vetted by Civil Service and the TCPL’s search committee comprised of trustees, staff and representatives from the Tompkins County government, TCPL Foundation, Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library and the Finger Lakes Library System, as well as community members.

The Zoom link for Thursday’s meeting can be found here.

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