Carmel Clay Public Library director steps down after less than a year on the job

The Carmel Clay Library board of trustees is searching for a new executive director after Carolyn Goolsby stepped down on May 17. She started the job on Aug. 17, 2015.

“Ms. Goolsby and the Board of Trustees of the Library mutually agreed that after the conclusion of a leave of absence she will be leaving her employment with the library,” Ranjit Puthran, the Carmel library board president, wrote in an e-mail to Current in Carmel. “We wish her nothing but the best and we sincerely appreciate the professional service that she provided to the library.”

Assistant Director Nancy Newport, who served as interim director prior to Goolsby’s hiring, will again serve in an interim role until a permanent replacement is found.

“The board has engaged a professional placement firm that has experience with public libraries in order to assist us in our search for our next executive director,” Puthran stated. “In the meantime, the library’s excellent staff is focused on continuing to provide the best service possible to members of our community.”

Goolsby was among more than 35 applicants seeking the top job at the library. Prior to her hiring, Goolsby served as director of Wood Buffalo Regional Library in Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, for the two and a half years. Puthran declined to give any reason for Goolsby’s departure other than that it was a mutual decision. No timeline was given for a replacement to be named.

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