[Libs-Or] I Closed a Library System Today

Gretchen Brown gbrown47 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 1 09:04:52 PDT 2017

I became a librarian because a reference librarian at the Douglas County
Library showed me how to use the card catalog when I was 14.  My Damascus
moment came when she explained catalog card tracings to me and how I could
follow them to learn more about my research topic.  Right there I had a
vision of infinity and it began with a catalog card.

On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 6:12 PM, Harold A. Hayes <hahayes at co.douglas.or.us>

> 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
> 541-440-4311 <(541)%20440-4311>
> hahayes at co.douglas.or.us
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