Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter, Director of Libraries from
Somerville, Massachusetts has been tapped to lead the Santa Monica
Carpenter was chosen after a six-month, nationwide search. Once the
hiring process is finalized, she will take charge of Santa Monica’s
library system in June 2014.
Carpenter succeeds retired Santa Monica City Librarian Greg Mullen.
With extensive experience managing library services and programs,
Carpenter has covered the spectrum of library posts from, academic to
public, and from instruction to collaborations with community partners.
She has a strong track record in leadership, innovation and obtaining
grants. Prior to directing the libraries at the City of Somerville,
Carpenter served as Director of Library Advancement, Marketing and
Communications for Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould, who made the announcement on
Friday, said he was delighted that Carpenter would be joining the City
of Santa Monica.
“She has a proven track record as a collaborator, innovator and
advocate, and is highly regarded as a team player,” Gould said. “She is a
dynamo, and her ability to work closely with staff, colleagues and the
community will have a great impact on our city. We are fortunate to have
her ability to lead and create an exciting vision for our public
Gould said the Santa Monica Public Library was a civic gem.
“The outstanding quality of its facilities, services and staff is
nationally renowned,” he said. “ I have no doubt that Maria will help
us achieve our fifth straight year as a five-star-rated public library,
Carpenter said she was delighted to be joining an outstanding group
of people working and volunteering for the City of Santa Monica and the
Santa Monica Public Library.
“I very much look forward to leading Santa Monica’s award winning
library system, getting to know its people, cultures, and neighborhoods,
and together, envisioning the next stage of innovative library services
that will optimally serve the community,” Carpenter said.
Acting City Librarian Wright Rix said Carpenter gave every indication of being a perfect fit for the Library and the community.
“New England winters notwithstanding, the many parallels between
Santa Monica and Boston are quite resonant,” Rix said. “Ms. Carpenter’s
educational achievements, relevant work experience and professional
vision have impressed all of us.”
The City sought candidates for the City Librarian position from
across the nation. The top two performers had interviews with the City
Manager and key staff from multiple departments, including the Library
As City Librarian, Carpenter will receive a salary of $186,648. She
will manage an annual budget of over $12 million and more than 200
employees. The Library Department is comprised of a main library and
three neighborhood branches. A new neighborhood library, the Pico
Branch, will open soon in Virginia Avenue Park.
Carpenter has received nationwide recognition in her profession and
holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the
University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater from
Ohio Wesleyan University.
She will soon achieve her PhD in Managerial Leadership in the
Information Professions from Simmons College, which is reputed to be one
of the top schools in the country in this discipline.
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