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Jefferson County Library director provides update on Community Read and introduces staff.

Happy September! There are lots of updates and changes at the Jefferson County Library District. It's been some time since the library prepared a regular update so this is our opportunity to fill in the community.


The library has 10 part or full-time staff to help you: Star Todd and Laura Jones, youth services, Adriana Arizmendi, youth services - Spanish, and Yirah Marrero, Spanish services, Jackie May, technical services/cataloging, Gabrielle Beebe, adult services, Swan Liu, volunteer services, Dion Hryciw, facilities/IT, Gena Pla and Roy Fritch, circulation, and Jane Ellen Innes administration. We're open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Radio Frequency Identification

We are all involved in several library projects during September-October. Computers are being updated and all will be Windows 10 compliant. The other substantial project is converting the library to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Unlike EM (Electro-Mechanical) and RF (Radio Frequency) systems, which libraries have been using for decades, RFID-based systems move beyond security and become tracking systems that combine security with more efficient tracking of materials throughout the library, including easier and faster charge and discharge, inventorying, and materials handling. For our customers using self-checkout, RFID will simplify that process. No more carefully getting the scanner to read the bar code on each item; with RFID they can check out several items at the same time. A unique advantage of RFID systems is the ability to scan books on the shelves without touching them. Using a hand-held inventory reader staff can update inventory, and also identify items that are out of proper order. Our tagging project should begin in mid-October and take about 30 days to get everything converted to RFID.

Community Read

It's that time of year when the 2020 Community Read book is selected. Volunteers will meet in early September to identify possible book candidates, and the book will be selected in October. There are many volunteer opportunities, with various time commitments, for community members: event planning/preparing/clean up (all separate tasks), advertising and PR (from poster distribution to placing ads, to another incredible idea that surfaces during committee discussions). We're still looking for a chair or for 2 co-chairs to help guide the 2020 event. The Adult Services Specialist will provider staff support.

Activities and Events

The library Web site and Facebook page, Jefferson County Library District, are both updated regularly. Check both sites to learn about the youth and children's activities are coming up. Once our Adult Services team is at full staff, we'll be adding more activities. The Friday night film series season begin on Friday, September 6, with a Midsummer Night's Dream. Stop in and say hello, we'd love to see you.

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