Commissioners of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) have unanimously appointed Edward Seidenberg as the agency’s Interim Director and Librarian, effective January 1, 2013.
Seidenberg will lead the agency after Peggy D. Rudd, Director and Librarian since 1999, retires from service at the end of 2012. Seidenberg is currently the agency’s Assistant State Librarian.
“Ed has been with the commission for a number of years and is well prepared to serve in this interim capacity,” said Michael C. Waters, commission chairman. “We appreciate his service and look forward to working with him in the coming year as we search for a permanent Director and Librarian.”
Mr. Seidenberg’s tenure at TSLAC spans 36 years of public service. Since his arrival January 1976, Mr. Seidenberg has contributed to the agency as a library consultant, planner, activity manager, and director of two divisions – Library Development and Administrative Services – in addition to Assistant State Librarian, a position he assumed in 1999.
“For 13 years Peggy Rudd developed and nurtured numerous programs and services that help Texans navigate the vast information highways carrying us into the future,” said Seidenberg. “The staff and I thank her for her leadership, guidance and vision. We will miss her as we continue on with this important work.”
TSLAC’s board of commissioners will meet December 14, 2012, to begin the process of finding a new Director and Librarian. Waters said the commission will oversee a nationwide search. Information about the search will be posted on the agency’s website at: http://www.tsl.texas.gov/director.