When Saline’s Library Board set out to replace the late library director Leslee Niethammer they sought someone who could maintain the library’s level of service.
They’ve found that person in Mary Ellen Mulcrone, who was hired as the library’s assistant director last winter and who became interim director when Niethammer lost her battle with cancer March 11. Mulcrone was recently named permanent director of the Saline District Library.
“Leslee was wonderful. She was a personal friend and she did a tremendous job leading the library for 26 years,” said Karl Hatopp, President of the Library Board. “That Mary Ellen stepped in without missing a beat is a testament to her ability to do the job. It’s also a testament to the staff she worked with. The staff took the reins and went with it.”
Hartzell-Mika Consulting, a search firm hired to help the library board identify a director, led the board back to Mulcrone.
Hatopp said the board already knew Mulcrone possessed the requisite education and experience. Her work as interim director made her the obvious choice.
“We were fortunate enough to have her here already, so we had a feel for how she handled herself and she does so very professionally,” Hatopp said.
A formal survey of 13 library staff showed unanimous support for Mulcrone as director.
Mulcrone said she was happy to be named library director.
“This has been a great place to be. The staff is really supportive and was welcoming from the first day. They are a nice group that works together,” Mulcrone said. “I really like Saline. I was hoping this would be the outcome when they started the search, so I am very happy to be doing this.”
Mulcrone said she’s been impressed with the community, the library staff and the library’s support.
“The staff does a wonderful job creating programming that’s interesting and fun. It’s true all year round, especially during the Summer Reading Program,” Mulcrone said. “The library is every involved in the community and has important partnerships.”
Perhaps the most important partnership is with the Friends of the Library, which operates the Corner Book Shop and runs the monthly book sales. The group is taking on more responsibility and has begun organizing the monthly art displays at the library.
Mulcrone, a resident of the Pinckney area, worked many years as assistant director at the Novi library before coming to Saline as assistant.
She’ll make $90,000 a year plus benefits.
At some point in the near future the library will begin looking for an assistant director.
Hatopp said the great personnel and dedicated volunteers of the Friends of the Library make the Saline District Library a great community resource.
“We’re lucky in this community to have the Saline District Library. In my opinion, it’s the crown jewel of our culture in Saline,” Hatopp said.