New Director Announced

Elsworth CarmanThe City of Marion is pleased to announce that Elsworth Carman will serve as Marion Public Library’s 11th director.

In his new position, Mr. Carman will manage the human resources, physical facilities, collection development and financial operations of the library in accordance with the policies established by the Library Board of Trustees and City administration.

Carman comes to Marion from Oak Park, Illinois where he has been the manager of library experiences and initiatives in public services at the Oak Park Public Library. He previously served as manager of adult and teen services. Prior to Oak Park, Carman was with the District of Columbia Public Library.

“We look forward to having Mr. Carman serve as Marion’s next library director,” said Lon Pluckhahn, Marion city manager. “His experience and passion for an exceptional library experience will take our library to new heights.”

Mr. Carman received his master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has participated in the American Library Association Leadership Institute and the Public Library Association Leadership Academy, both competitive programs drawing participants from across the U.S. and Canada.

Upon accepting the position, Mr. Carman noted that he was drawn to the way the Marion Public Library actively and flexibly serves the community. He looks forward to serving a growing and diverse community with a dynamic culture.

Carman will assume his responsibilities Monday, April 18. He follows current library director, Doug Raber, who will retire in March. Jo Pearson, assistant library director, will serve as interim director.