Library News for February 2021

On Tuesday, February 2, the County Board of Supervisors officially appointed me as the new County Librarian. I am honored to serve the community I love and call home and am looking forward to getting the library to the other side of these very challenging times and leading for many years to come.

Serving as the Interim County Librarian these last several months has given me a head start into a number of important projects on the horizon for the Library. We are undergoing a complete overhaul and upgrade of the Library's IT security system as well as working on a transition to a state sponsored broadband network that will increase internet speed at the libraries ten-fold and reduce the Library's cost to a fraction of what we are paying now. We continue the important work behind the scenes that will allow us to safely reopen sometime later this year and later this month we will begin lending Wi-Fi hotspots to help students and families trying to work and study at home.

The priorities laid out in the Library’s Strategic Plan to champion community engagement in reading and literacy, make access to library services more equitable, ensure a high-quality experience for all and to promote our values, programs and opportunities will be what continues to guide my work and that of the entire organization.

I know you all greatly miss coming inside the libraries and we miss you too! Please stay tuned for more updates on our progress to welcome you back inside our libraries. We are focusing on developing detailed plans for each of our 26 facilities. There are many partners we are working with to help us get ready and we hope to have more information to share soon.

Alison McKee
County Librarian