[Libs-Or] I Closed a Library System Today

Esther Moberg emoberg at cityofseaside.us
Thu Jun 1 08:34:34 PDT 2017

The loss of the Douglas County Library system for our library community goes deep. More importantly though, the loss of library services for the people of Douglas County will be something felt for years to come. I can only hope this will be turned around by the community there in the near future. Thank you for your words of courage and inspiration Harold. I don't know that I could face such a job of closing libraries with the equipoise that you have shown. 
Esther Moberg
Library Director
Seaside Public Library
1131 Broadway Ave.
Seaside, OR 97138
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
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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
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