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ERIC Number: EJ786553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-15
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Worthington Libraries, OH
Berry, John N., III
Library Journal, v132 n11 p36-39 Jun 2007
Worthington, Ohio, has deep library roots. A library has been part of its history since the planning by settlers before the city's birth in 1803. Among the treasures brought by James Kilbourne and the Scioto Company from Connecticut to the new, planned community they built was a collection of books for their new subscription library. The books were purchased with funds from a $2 fee the planners levied on each member of the founding company. Over two centuries later, the habit continues. In 2005, 58 percent of the voters of that same community, now with a service population of 59,983, elected to tax themselves 2.6 mills per $1000 worth of property value to support their library. The ties to the community it serves are a crucial legacy and a vital asset to the current Worthington Libraries. With great ingenuity, the staff at Worthington Libraries make the most of that asset to serve patrons better. Their efforts have gained Worthington Libraries the 2007 Gale/"Library Journal" Library of the Year award. There are three Worthington Libraries (WL) in all. One is a virtual, online library, and two are bricks-and-mortar branches, the Old Worthington Library and the Northwest Library. WL is a school district system, serving some five jurisdictions, and is governed by a library board and, ultimately, by the district school board. Both the neighboring Columbus Metropolitan Library system and Delaware County Library System to the north overlap the WL district, making for some unique initiatives and cooperative efforts.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio