Volunteering at Cleveland Library

As I mentioned last week, I checked out the Cleveland Library, in Cleveland Township, NC, over the weekend as a possible volunteer/learning site. Since that visit, I’ve decided to help with getting the Koha Integrated Library System (ILS) fully functional and with entering titles into the catalogue.

This project has become more about technical services than public services but I’ll also get introduced to the checkout and related processes and seek a systematic understanding of how this ILS functions.

More importantly, I’m going to be contributing to the development of an emergent community library that is currently outside of the county public library system but would like to be part of the system when all is said and done.

I need to check with folks at the Library to figure out what’s appropriate to discuss here but I can already see that my bookstore experience will be as valuable as my current understanding of how libraries operate. Because this library is operating out of a thrift store, is in the early stages of getting systems in order and generally operates in an ad hoc manner, it feels much more like a used bookstore than a modern library. I’m curious to find out if that throws library professionals when folks from the Cleveland Library reach out to them.

That said, I knew they had a lot of books but it was a much more diverse selection in much better shape than I anticipated.

I’ll leave it at that for the moment but I will say that I’m excited about the possibilities and of being a part of what I think will one day be an awesome public library.

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