GREAT BARRINGTON -- The town soon will be looking for a new library director.
Kathleen Deviny, who has served as the town's library director for the past two years, is resigning to start her own archiving business.
Her last day will be on Nov. 8; the town is expected to start searching for a new director as soon as the end of October.
Deviny said she'll be dedicating herself to her own business, Halcyon Archival Services, which preserves documents through repair, preservation and digitization.
"I think it's important to follow your bliss and do what makes you happiest and I really enjoy putting people's memorabilia in order," Deviny said.
In years past, Deviny said she's dabbled in archiving, but she's ready to put more attention on it. "There's hardly anyone doing the kind of work I do in Western Massachusetts," said Deviny, a Blandford resident.
The library director is responsible for the administration and supervision of all library activities. The position is charged with maintaining the building, supervising staff and the budget, and maintaining the building. Deviny earns a salary of $57,000.
Deviny has a masters of library science concentrating in archival studies and digital media. She has archived for the First United Methodist Church and Westfield Athenaeum, where she worked as a special collections and technology librarian for more than a decade.
Deviny said she has repaired and created digital copies of historic documents. A family has contracted her to archive letters drafted from the Civil War to World War II.
Board of Library Trustees President Ed Abrahams praised Deviny for fostering a culture of positive customer service. Deviny also teamed with the library with groups such as the DuBois Center, the Berkshire International Film Festival and Boston Symphony Orchestra to hold events.
Abrahams said the next library director will be asked to continue developing events that will attract the community. The new director also will play a role costly renovations planned for the Ramsdell Library, which includes compliance with the Americans for Disabilities Act.
Trustees said they didn't always see eye-to-eye with the library director.
"The trustees will look for a new director with goals and a vision for the library that is more in line with the trustees," Trustee Holly Hamer said, without elaborating.
A replacement is likely to be hired before the end of the year, Abrahams said. A search committee chaired by Tabakin and Abrahams will be formed in the next several weeks to find a replacement.