UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Snydacker stepping down as Pequot Library director

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Snydacker stepping down as Pequot Library director

Daniel Snydacker, the Pequot Library's executive director for eight years, is beginning a new chapter in his life. Snydacker announced in an email to friends of the Southport library sent Tuesday afternoon that he is stepping down as executive director to concentrate on writing books."As it turns out, I have at least three books in me that I feel I really need to focus on to write, and some other opportunities that I just can't put off any longer and so the time has come, sooner rather than later, for me to leave," Snydacker wrote. "Stepping down as executive director will allow me to return, at long last, to these more scholarly, academic endeavors."
John Knox of Westport, a frequent visitor to the library who was working on one of its computers Thursday morning, said he didn't know Snydacker personally but thinks the library is "run very well" and has offered more programs and activities during Snydacker's tenure. "Everybody seems to be on their toes ... which I would attribute to his leadership," Knox said. The library's staff, he added, also is reliably helpful.
The date of Snydacker's departure doesn't appear to be set, however. The Pequot Library's board of trustees has formed a search committee and plans to interview candidates this summer, and Snydacker says in his email that he will do "everything I can to ensure a smooth and successful transition." He wasn't available Thursday morning, but library staff said he is still the executive director.
Pequot Library, at the corner of Pequot Avenue and Westway Road in Fairfield's Southport neighborhood, is privately owned, but open to the public, and receives about 30 percent of its operating budget from the town of Fairfield.
Bill Russell, president of the library's board of trustees, said in a statement posted on the library's website that Snydacker's leadership contributed to significant accomplishments at the library, including an award from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation for renovation work, a steady increase in library patrons and program attendees, and initiatives that increased technology in the library. "On behalf of the board, I wish Dan success in all his future initiatives, and look forward to continuing to work with him to ensure our Special Collections are shared with the community," Russell wrote. READ MORE:

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