TOWNSEND — The library’s board of trustees is putting together a five-person search committee to find a new library director.

Former director Heidi Fowler resigned last month after about 12 years leading Hart Library and then the public library, said board Chairman Suzanne Doust.

Fowler helped lead the transition from the Hart Library built in 1929 to the new 17,000-square-foot library which opened Oct. 31.

It was unclear Friday why Fowler resigned but it was her decision, Doust said.

“We do have great respect for Heidi and wish her well and she’s missed,” she said.

Board member Karin Canfield praised Fowler.

“Heidi is an excellent librarian and we are sure she will find a position that suits her,” Canfield said.

Children’s Librarian Stacy Schuttler is serving as the interim library director.

The new librarian will need to be adept at several diverse skills, Canfield said.

“It would have to be somebody who is interested in increasing circulation in our collection and somebody who is technologically savvy and somebody who can work with young adults and children and adults,” she said. “And be interested in bringing programs into library for all ages of the community.”

The search committee will have a member of the board, a member of the Finance Committee, a School Committee member, and two members-at-large, Doust said.

The Board of Selectmen is expected to confirm the appointments but will not be involved in the search, Selectmen Chairman Bob Plamondon said.

“The future direction of the library will be up to the board of trustees and the new director,” Doust said. “We are looking to add a new energy to the library.”