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May 22, 2013

Bruni to step down after 30 years

Children’s programs, a computerized card catalog and online access to a world of information are among changes ushered in at the Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta by Marie Bruni since she became library director 30 years ago.

“It’s been great,’’ Bruni, who plans to retire, told the Oneonta Common Council during a meeting in City Hall on Tuesday night. Her tenure has felt more like 10 than 30 years, she said.

Bruni, who declined to divulge her age, said she began as director on May 23, 1983. The date of her retirement hasn’t been set, she said, but she plans to work until another director is hired.

In the past three decades, technology has changed formats of the printed word and access to information, but Bruni said books will continue to be in demand at libraries.

At the council meeting in City Hall, Ann Adamo, chairwoman of the library’s governing board of trustees, said sleeves will be rolled up in the search to find another director.

“We are very sad to be losing Marie — she has done an outstanding job,” Adamo said. “We wish her all the best.’’

Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said the city would support trustees’ efforts. 

“We want a terrific librarian,” he told Adamo. “Obviously, Marie leaves enormous shoes.’’

Under the Oneonta City Charter, the mayor appoints five library board trustees, and the city collects taxes on behalf of the library. The trustees approve the library budget and appoint a librarian and other staff.

Bruni’s salary as of Jan. 1 was $78,000, according to Civil Service records, Kathy Wolverton, city personnel director, said. Wolverton said Bruni’s age wasn’t immediately accessible.

The library’s 2013 budget is $674,470, and the library’s collection includes 65,092 books and magazines. The library at 62 Chestnut St. is the largest in Otsego County and has more than 9,000 card-holders.

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