Harrison, director of SJI Library, resigns

Marjorie Harrison - Journal file photo
Marjorie Harrison
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San Juan Island Library Director Marjorie Harrison is moving on.

Harrison is leaving San Juan Island to take a position with the Oregon State Library, in Salem, Ore.

Director of the library for the past two years, Harrison succeeded former director Laura Tretter, who resigned to take a position with Bayfield Public Library near Durango, Colo, in 2010.

Harrison's last day on the job is Oct. 31. Library officials encourage islanders to stop by the library, 1010 Guard Street, on Wednesday afternoon, Halloween, to say goodbye.

Harrison was coordinator of the Panhandle Library System, based in Nebraska, before joining San Juan Island Library. Harrison joined the library at an annual salary of $71,000 and took over managing a yearly budget of roughly $1.1 million.

The library board of trustees is seeking a replacement as part of a nationwide search. In the meantime, Melina Lagios, assistant director, will serve as interim director.

During Harrison's tenure as director, the library conducted a community survey, completed a comprehensive long-range planning process and passed a levy "lid-lift", an increase in its property tax levy, which will allow the library to avoid budget cuts through 2016.

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