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Record, Reporter Wednesday, March t4, 2001 1B i rm Inside Section B Arts & Entertainment Opinion & Perspective Letters to the Editor Vitals to librarian Margaret Miles, the Plums County library system attempts to With the latest in library services. It has demonstrated its goals in a recent corn- upgrade for the public, and the introduction d bar coding and scannable li- Diane Mackel is shown as she helps a customer over tire telephone. qf t Photos by Victoria Metcalf g an Milas checks out an evar-chnnging selection of books members of Friends of the Ubrary have for sale at the main branch in Quincy. The proceeds from the sale are returned to help fund projects for the library. children's librarian at the main II mch, is responsible for purchasing books, organizing that section In the Ubra , and reading to chiid m ami their tim Metcalf Miles is one of people who al- knew what they be when they grew anted to be a librari- also one of the people teen her golden vision County's librari- Past six years, Miles the local system one that was for funding to pur- and way behind in joining the age. Today, Vast amount to offer morning at County Library in The doors are still lie quiet except conversa- produced by one as they pre- they open into a is far reaching--be- of the books that line the cyberspace that lies of the keys. realm. And, al- of it was in place her job, she and made it up to seen the budget to aew books double in has been librari- alone, it's up ap- proximately $4,000 over last While she might focus on a few year's purchasing amount, books on how to purchase a And that's good news to home, her big thrust is to pro- Plumas County residents, who vide potential residents with rely on the library for their information they need as they reading pleasure and research, consider moving to the area. Three people are ultimately This knowledge has led to in charge of selecting thesuch purchases as ""California books the library purchases Wildfire Landscaping," by each year, but it goes beyond Maureen Gilmer, and "Coun- three individuals making the try Bound! Trade Your Busi- decisions, Miles said. ness Suit Blues for Blue Jean While she heads up the non- Dreams," by Marilyn and Tom fiction department, Jeanette Ross. Light is in charge of fiction, Another area she taps into is andJeanette Brauner heads up the health community. Know- the children's book division, ing what people are currently As they consider what to add interested in and concerned to the library's collection each about is part of the challenge year, Miles said she talks to in selecting health books. For people who use the library, instance, until a few years ago, Members of the Friends of the Miles hadn't even heard about Library are a good source of fibromyalgia; now it's a book information to find out what that is often off the shelf. And the public wants. They are, at'- the same goes for information ter all, out in the community concerning irritable bowel and iiave an idea of what the syndrome. public's needs are. As Miles and her staff up- But, there are other re- grade the categories they be- sources. For instance, Miles lieve the public is most inter- communicates with county ested in, she is assembling spe- travel agents to learn where cific programs of specialized people are interested in travel, information and making them ing to. It would be a waste of available not only at the li- money to purchase books peo- brary, but at places where they ple wouldn't check out and it are most likely to be used. wouldn't be good if the library couldn't offer them something on the hot vacation spots.Joining the computer age "France on Foot: Village to has been a big challenge for Village, Hotel to Hotel: How to the library. At first it was find- Walk the French Trail System ing the funding to purchase on Your Own," by Bruce computer equipment and soft- LeFavour is one of the selec- ware to bring the library into tions Miles' scouting has led 21st century expectations. her to purchase. And nearly a year after the Likewise, she's in communi, system became available to the cation with area Realtors. library, Miles said, "We are re- For those Interested in finding a good book to read, the library offers much in the fiction and nonfiction departments. But, It also adds new services, through Internet access. ally in transition still." During the installation time, months to level out. But, un- Not only was learning how the stairs learning curve went dertaking a project the size of to use the equipment and hay- way up, Miles said about what what all branches of the ing it installed a time-demand- her employees had to be will- Plumas County Library sys. ing process, but cataloguing ing to take on. It's also a stress- tem has accepted, takes up to a the inventory and entering it fultime, year. into the system has taken time. Miles said she met another "We didn't change buildings, Miles said that not all of the librarian who discussed herbut we changed everything we books are yet entered, but it's stairs move into a larger, bet- do," Miles said. an ongoing process, ter facility. Although every- The main branch went from "The public has been very thing was better than at the one dial-up computer to four. patient with us while we have previous site, it was still a time Outer offices received two, she been learning," Miles said, as of adjustment and new de: said. And that meant many the staff has worked to get the mands were placed on employ- chaoges to the library's poll. new system completed, and ees. cies concerning computer use. keep up with general library Miles said the effects of aWith just one computer, time responsibilities that continue move from one building to an- per individual had to be limit- toexist, other can take up to six See Ubrarles, page 2B