[Libs-Or] I Closed a Library System Today

Steve Silver ssilver at nwcu.edu
Thu Jun 1 08:25:18 PDT 2017

In the midst of devastating loss, your words and attitude inspire us, Harold. Thank you for maintaining perspective, and for helping us to do so. Thank you for taking the time to share these wonderful words of hope in the midst of your own heartbreak. And mostly thank you and all the staff of the Douglas County Library System for your work and dedication. You all are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. This battle may be lost, but the war is not over.

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Steve Silver
Library Director
ssilver at nwcu.edu

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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Harold A. Hayes
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:13 PM
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [Libs-Or] I Closed a Library System Today

Where does one begin…? First, with a ‘thank-you’ to all of you for your support.
Two months ago I had the ignominious opportunity to close ten libraries and today I closed the 11th. The Douglas County Library System is gone. Personally, professionally, and as a member of my community the loss is profound.
Changes abound around us – it has always been so. But, do not let yourself become complacent. Live with courage! Do not think that your voice cannot be heard, but rather be a point around which others can rally. Strive for that which is good and will benefit the individual, the family, the neighborhood, and the community. And by community, I mean the world! Libraries need to be a part of our world.
Ambitious? Maybe so. I guess you could sit on the sofa and watch reality TV instead. But what I propose is way more fun and less fattening.
Before things became so serious here in Roseburg – and at other jobs I’ve had in the past – I liked to tell my employees, “Have fun! If you’re not having fun, your fired!” So, in a similar vein, don’t take things too seriously. After all, it is only the future that is at stake.

Harold A. Hayes
Library Director
Douglas County Library System
1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd.
Roseburg, OR 97470
hahayes at co.douglas.or.us<mailto:hahayes at co.douglas.or.us>

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