The City of Boulder today announced David Farnan will be the new Boulder Public Library and Arts director effective March 17, 2014. Farnan was selected from a nationwide search led by Missouri-based Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates, a firm that specializes in executive searches for libraries.
“I am excited to be named Boulder’s Library and Arts director and am thrilled to be working in a community that truly values its libraries,” said Farnan. “I am looking forward to working with staff, volunteers, and our commissions as we remodel the Main Library and explore ways to enhance services that engage patrons and create a sense of community within all of our branches.”
Farnan currently serves as the associate director of Community Services with the Douglas County, Colorado Libraries. He has more than 17 years of library experience and holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Missouri.
“We had a very strong pool of candidates, and it was a difficult decision to select the right individual to lead our complex library and arts organization. A key aspect of our search was to find someone who would be a strong fit for the Boulder community,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam, “and I believe we have found that person in David Farnan.”
“We had a robust public process of focus groups and candidate presentations, and I truly appreciate so many in the community who came out to participate and to meet the candidates. In particular I want to express my deep gratitude to members of the Library and Arts commissions for participating in both the public process and the candidate interviews,” added Brautigam. “I’m confident that David will build on our tradition of excellence in library services and will bring a sense of passion and possibilities as we renew and enliven our arts programs.”
Farnan fills the position vacated in September 2013 by Valerie Maginnis who retired after 33 years of public service. He will earn a salary of $132,500 and assumes his role as Boulder Public Library and Arts director on March 17.