1975 Annual Report for the Lane Memorial Library
Submitted by (Mrs.) Charlotte M. Hutton, Librarian
This indicates an increase of 6,039 over the 1974 circulation total.
In order to circulate that amount of materials it is necessary to have the materials at hand, and that involves the tax dollar. Costs of book and non-book materials which compose our media budget are sky rocketing. We use the most economical purchase methods available to us which utilize volunteer man-hours and cooperative buying procedures. Even so, it is not possible to offer more service to more people without increasing our media budget. Books wear out and either have to be replaced or rebound. The decision as to which procedure to follow is based upon the book’s condition, its permanent value in the collection, and cost factors.
Perhaps our most exciting activity for 1975 was the formation of a special study commit tee at the request of the trustees. This group spent many hours during the spring and summer studying the operation and services of the library, and made constructive criticism. Their complete report, which is available for loan from the library, contains suggestions for needed action and changes over the next five years.
I wish to express my appreciation to all the individuals and groups who have donated time and gifts to the library. The library needs the interest and support of the community to survive, and these gifts add to our resources. As librarian, I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the trustees for their dedication and support; and to my staff:
Mrs. Audrey C. Ross, assistant librarian,
Mrs. Rose M. Fisher, Mrs. Joan E. Kahl, Mrs. Ruth A. Ross, library assistants,
and Miss Ruth M. Chilton, clerical assistant, for their interest and hours of conscientious service. Most of the staff have been taking extra courses at their own expense that they might be better qualified to serve the patrons of the Lane Memorial Library.