[Libs-Or] I Closed a Library System Today

Ted Smith t.smith at newportlibrary.org
Thu Jun 1 08:27:55 PDT 2017

How does one even get close to understanding how people can throw away the future for a small gain in the present.  The old Fram Oil Filter commercial still resounds today: Pay me now, or pay me later."  Ignorance comes with a very steep price tag.

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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