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Library Corner
by Duncan R. McCoy, Director
Boulder City Library

New Director
The Library Board is searching for a new Director for Boulder City Library District. I’ll be retiring June 30, 2008, after 19 years. I had planned to retire a year later (I’m not all that old), but changes in the state’s retiree health insurance rules make an earlier retirement necessary.

Following the announcement of my retirement date at the September Library Board meeting, Board Chairman Brad Appleby appointed a Search Committee to conduct preliminary search processes, the Director’s position was advertised in national library professional media from Sept. 25 – Nov. 15 and we received 12 excellent applications from around the country. The Library Board expects to interview finalists around mid-January, make the selection of the lucky candidate later in January and we’ll have a new Library Director aboard, in-training, in April or early May.

Whoever the lucky new Library Director turns out to be, he or she will be blessed with an outstanding staff, an excellent Board, and a community which really loves its Library! I expect that the next couple of years will involve active planning for the future, identification of community needs for new and developing library services, and evaluation of new and emerging information technology.

I don’t know precisely what the future holds for library service in Boulder City, but I do know from my own experience that the Library Director, the Board and the staff are going to have a lot of fun getting there! I believe I said in a previous column that if anyone had suggested years ago that we’d have people from all over the world visiting our small town Library, I’d have laughed. But that is in fact what happens at Boulder City Library every day.

There are currently developing library technologies waiting to be explored. The BC Library hasn’t done very much with E-Books, but sooner or later formatting and display issues will be resolved. There is a lot that can be done with database access for finding information. I also expect that the Library will be dipping its toes into RFID technology before too long.

It’s going to be a lot of fun watching Boulder City Library continue to develop.

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