FAIRFIELD — The Board of Library Trustees is diving into a new book on how to find a library director.

The former town librarian, Karen Ronald, retired June 2, after 10 years with the town, first as the deputy director, and then as the town librarian.

Sonal Rajan, chairman of the library board, said they have hired a search firm, Bradbury Miller Associates, a Missouri-based company that specializes in searches for libraries and information services..

“The firm is currently working on an advertisement, under guidance of Nancy Coriaty, acting town librarian, and the Board of Trustees,” Rajan said. “It should be available in mid-August.”

Representatives from Bradbury Miller were in town on July 27 and 28, and met with board members, town officials, library staff and members of the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library group.

In addition, the board discussed the hiring process and compensation package with Human Resources Director Emmet Hibson at its July meeting. Hibson also provided salary information for other library directors in the state. For the current year, the town had budgeted $124,655 for Ronald’s salary.

“The search schedule takes us through late fall, and hopefully we’ll have someone starting in the position of town librarian at the beginning of the new yea,” Rajan said.

The board conducted a nationwide search the last time it needed a new town librarian, but ended up promoting Ronald to the position in 2010.

The town librarian manages both the main library and the Fairfield Woods branch. According to library statistics, during the last fiscal year, 868,639 items were borrowed from the libraries, which is twice the state average. The library also developed, hosted, or led 1,907 programs, ranging from story hours to small business seminars.

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