Virginia: “Meet The Woman Remaking Fairfax County’s Library System”
From the Associated Press:
Jessica Hudson, 30, was hired as Fairfax County’s library director after a search that stretched for more than a year and included several applicants turning down the job or withdrawing from consideration.
Hudson began her $160,000-a-year position in June, after two years spent running the library system in Contra Costa County, Calif., which has a population slightly smaller than Fairfax’s 1.1 million residents. Her first library director’s job was in Tehama County, Calif., where she spent 11 months in 2011 before heading the library system in Nevada City, Calif., from December 2011 to April 2014.
After the 2008 recession, county spending on libraries dropped from about $33 million a year to about $28 million. Last year, county officials added a one-time infusion of $2.6 million for kiosks and other improvements.
Today there are about 50,000 fewer library-card holders in Fairfax County than in 2013, even as the county’s population has increased by about 10,000 residents.
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