New Santa Monica City Librarian Named To Replace Retired Greg Mullen

Sunday, 16 Mar 2014, 7:03:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Incoming Santa Monica Public Librarian Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter.
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Incoming Santa Monica Public Librarian Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter.

Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter, Director of Libraries from

Somerville, Massachusetts has been tapped to lead the Santa Monica

Public Library.

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,

and more.”

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

management team.

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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