NPPLI’m happy to announce that in addition to the other things I’m doing, I’m now also the director of the North Plains Public Library. Located about 20 miles outside of Portland, this small town of 1755 people has a beautiful library building that is staffed by three paid employees and a ton of volunteers. The 2500sqft building is only 6 months old. The previous three years the library was housed in the storage room of the town’s community center.

The job is very part time but is going to keep me busy. You might be able to imagine that I’ve got a bunch of potential ideas for the library, but am in the process of learning as much as I can before actually doing anything. What excites me most about the opportunity is that, being 6 months old, the library hasn’t had time to learn bad habits or nurture sacred cows. Tabula rasa!

I just spent an hour in the building and noticed a few things:

  • The library has no reference desk. This indicates that the focus for this library might be content and community. Progressive!
  • The shelves are already near full. Hmm.
  • There’s no wifi. Yet.
  • There are 12 internet stations managed by SAM.
  • The library signage is pretty tolerable.
  • We have a Scrabble club. AWESOME.

Take a look at the building in my flickr set: North Plains Public Library