New chief of library appointed Arundel librarian takes over Carroll

June 08, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke and Greg Tasker | Kerry O'Rourke and Greg Tasker,Staff Writers

The associate administrator of the Anne Arundel County Public Library has been named director of Carroll County's library system. Linda Mielke, 46, of Severna Park will begin work in mid-August.

She replaces Martha M. Makosky, who will retire June 30.

Ms. Mielke has worked for the Anne Arundel system for two years. Before that, she worked for 10 years as director of the Clearwater (Fla.) Public Library. Previously, she was a community services specialist for the Maryland state library for five years.

She will earn $62,500 and will move to Carroll County soon.

"I believe library directors and department heads ought to live in their jurisdiction," she said yesterday. She also said the library's board of trustees asked her to move.

Ms. Mielke said Ms. Makosky, who worked in Carroll libraries for 27 years, and her staff have built "a quality system.

"Carroll County is one of the places nationally that people have heard about and want to go to," Ms. Mielke said.

In Maryland, Carroll's per capita circulation rate trails only Baltimore County's.

Ms. Makosky, 53, has been director since 1970 and earns $73,750 a year. Yesterday, she praised her replacement.

"She is excellent. She has had the right kind of experience. She has seen many different library operations. She's enthusiastic and energetic. She has all the qualities I think we need," she said.

During Ms. Makosky's tenure, the library system grew from 10 employees and three branches to more than 200 full- and part-time employees and five branches.

Carroll Associate Director Gail Griffith will act as interim director until Ms. Mielke arrives.

Library board of trustees President Martha Hankins, a member of the search committee that selected Ms. Mielke, said, "She has a charismatic personality. I think she is going to be the person to lead the library literally into the next century.

"She has a really good sense of humor, and I think that's vital. She has a lot of presence. She holds your attention when she speaks," Ms. Hankins said.

Ms. Mielke has the vision to help Carroll County remain in the "forefront," Ms. Hankins said.

"We're on the verge of a really exciting time with technology," Ms. Hankins said.

Ms. Mielke said she will work to ensure that Carroll has access to a system of data bases from around the world.

The Carroll system soon will be automated to allow patrons to gain access to the library's card catalog from home and business computers.

Within a few years, automation will allow patrons to retrieve texts from periodical articles from the library's data base.

"The county takes real pride in its library system," Ms. Mielke said.

She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in library science from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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