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Sonoma County library chief misses out on Louisiana job

It appears that Sonoma County Library Director Sandra Cooper will be sticking around.

Cooper, who applied to become director of the East Baton Rouge Parish library system in Louisiana, learned Saturday that she was not a finalist for the job.

Cooper said Monday that her lack of experience with building new library branches hurt her chances.

"Clearly, they were looking for someone that's built buildings," she said.

Two branch libraries are either being built or are about to go under construction in East Baton Rouge Parish, while a third is in the design phase, according to The Advocate newspaper.

The paper reported that E. Spencer Watts was chosen Saturday as the lone finalist for the East Baton Rouge Parish position. Watts is the director of the Mobile, Ala., public library system.

Cooper's job search came as she is fending off criticism for her leadership of the Sonoma County Library.

A county grand jury on June 28 released a report claiming that Cooper is an "unresponsive" leader who "undermines the spirit" of the 1975 joint powers agreement that created the county's modern library system.

Cooper said she had mixed feelings about not getting the job in Louisiana.

"I'm not eager to leave. It was a rare job that looked interesting," she said.


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