The PLCMC Board of Trustees accepted Cannon's resignation at a special board meeting on April 29 and named Carol Myers, PLCMC Chief of Public Services, to serve as Interim Director, effective June 9. The board also established a selection committee to begin the process of finding and appointing a new Executive Director. That process is expected to take about six months.
"We've been fortunate to have had the top librarian in the country - and his profession agrees," said Don Steger, the trustees board chair, about Cannon. "We're sorry to see him go. At the same time, we fully support Carol's interim appointment and have full confidence in all her capabilities."
Cannon, 57, came to PLCMC in 1985 from the Kern County Library in northern California. During his tenure, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's public library won national acclaim for its innovation. Library Journal named the system 1995 Library of the Year and called it "one of the nation's most innovative libraries" in 2002. In addition, in 1989, Cannon established PLCMC's annual Novello Festival of Reading, now a national model for celebrations of books and authors. Three years ago, he helped establish Novello Festival Press, the only library-run publishing house in the U.S. Cannon's most-recent innovation is ImaginOn, a youth library-theater facility due to open in 2005. ImaginOn is the first-of-its-kind facility in the U.S.