Edgartown library director search is down to a shielded short list

The Edgartown library search committee has narrowed down the list of candidates to replace current director Jill Dugas Hughes from 13 initial applicants to five semifinalists.

The committee is scheduled to conduct interviews on Monday, but will not open those interviews to the public. Ms. Hughes told The Times that the next round would be open, when there are two finalists for the position.

According to the state open-meeting law, “a screening committee may enter executive session to conduct a preliminary screening … Once a screening committee has identified qualified applicants as finalists for a position, however, the final review of those candidates must be conducted by the parent public body in open session.”

The search for a new director began following the announcement in May that Ms. Hughes would retire effective August 30, 2015.

Ms. Hughes joined the Edgartown library as director in 2012, after serving as executive director of the Connecticut Library Consortium.