OhioNET's Electronic Resources Program Manager, Carrie Waibel, spent some time this summer visiting libraries around Ohio. In her series, Three Questions, Carrie gives some insight on the projects and aspirations of the library community in our state.
Carrie and Shelly Miller, our Community Engagement Manager, stopped by the Burton Public Library. Burton is a lovely community about an hour due east of Cleveland housed in a historic building that originally served as a school. Library Director Katie Ringenbach answered some of our most pressing questions.
What’s the most exciting project you’re working on right now?
We just hired an Outreach Librarian to work directly with our schools. Unfortunately, our K-12 libraries are no longer staffed by a professional librarian. To help better serve our community, we collaborated with the Principal at Burton Elementary to develop the position.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
Since Burton Public Library is a historic building, it comes with historic problems. We are consistently struggling with spatial issues and recently conducted a survey to figure out how to best use the basement level of our building. We most need teen space and small, quiet spaces for individual or small group study.
What are you reading?
This year’s batch of nominees for the Dayton Peace Prize. Also, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.