Do you want the happy news or the sad news first? Okay, let's start with the happy news...
Happy news: Library Director Janet Angus was recently honored by the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce for 10 years of service on the Chamber Board of Directors. That's a lot of time and a lot of dedication. The Chamber is lucky to have access to her talents and so is the library. Janet is also active in the Merrimack Rotary Club. Her participation in these community organizations is good for the library. It gets our services and message out to the people who need them. We're proud of Janet!
More happy news: Alex Estabrook, Reference and Young Adult Librarian, is about to be promoted to Head of Circulation. Alex has been with us for four years. He holds an MLS from the University of Rhode Island and got his start in libraries at Leach Library in Londonderry. In his new position, he will continue to oversee Young Adult Services and work a few hours a week at the Reference Desk while supervising the staff and daily operations at the Circulation Desk--a big job, to be sure. Alex runs the popular manga/anime club for teens, serves as chair of the TeenNet section of GMILCS, and also serves as treasurer for YALS, the young adult services section of the New Hampshire Library Association. We're proud of Alex, too.
Now some sad news: Diane Arrato Gavrish, Assistant Director and Head of Circulation since 2003, has left us to be Assistant Director at the Derry Public Library. While you can't fault someone for accepting a better job, we were all very sad to see her leave, as she has been an important member of our team and leaves a big hole, not only in the daily work of the library, but in our hearts, too. But Diane and I have been friends for nearly 30 years, and I know from experience that she never really leaves any place she's worked. In fact, from 1980 to 1983, Diane was Director of the Derry Public Library, and ever since, she's been active in the Friends of the Derry Library. She's really going home. We're proud of her, too, and we wish her all the best.
More sad news: A nearly 10% budget cut for the fiscal year that begins on July 1 means that we will have to say goodbye to some of our part time employees. Mike Leonard, Susan Primeau, Linda Thompson and Library Link editor Jan Segedy will all be leaving us at the end of this month. We wish them well, too, and we will miss them.
So, with all the partings and staff reorganization to keep our services running smoothly, things are pretty eventful here these days. Alex's promotion fills part of Diane's job, and a part time reference librarian will be hired to take part of Alex's old job. And we will also fill our Head of Children's Services position which has been vacant since early winter. All this while keeping within the limits of our reduced budget. The balance of Diane's job is being distributed throughout the remaining professional staff. The biggest impact that you, the customer, will see is the loss of "paging" hours. It means that it will take a bit longer to get returned books checked in and back to the shelf, and there will be little time for keeping the stacks as orderly as they should be. We ask for your patience.