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June 28, 2011

Day to retire as New Albany-Floyd County Library director

Public will have chance to meet candidates for position in July

NEW ALBANY — The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is in search of a new director for the first time in more than two decades.

Library Director Steve Day will retire at the end of October after 24 years in the county where he was born and still resides.

“It’s been a privilege to have done this for my community,” Day said Monday. “I feel lucky, not just that I had a job, but that I had this kind of job.”

By the time he retires, Day will have served the third-longest stint as director of the NA-FC library since it opened in 1884. Building renovations, a new computer system and recently the establishment of a coffee shop in the library are just a few of the accomplishments Day has overseen since he accepted the position.

“It’s just the stuff that has to be done in order to keep a library viable with the community,” he said.

With Day at the helm early literacy stations have been added, a computer lab installed in the library as well as an employment center that helps people search for jobs.

“They are not all my ideas, it’s a team effort,” he said. “We’re just trying to do whatever it is the community wants us to do.”

Day said he’s proud of the work of the library staff and the product they’ve presented to Floyd County.

“Not many communities our size have this nice of a library,” he said.

But he added the future of the library will depend on funding.

“Things are getting harder and harder to do because we have less and less money,” Day said.

Next month, the NA-FC Public Library Board of Trustees is hosting two forums for residents to meet the candidates being considered to take Day’s place.

Board member Suellen Wilkinson said Day will be hard to replace.

“He’s been an extraordinarily terrific library director all these many years,” she said, as she added Day spearheaded efforts to improve technology at the library.

“The library has managed to survive despite all of the funding woes that go on from time to time,” she said.

From 5 to 6 p.m. on July 13, the public is invited to meet Ophelia Roop, who served as the Library Director at San Bernardino Public Library in California for 12 years.

She is a graduate of Indiana University.

Then from 5 to 6 p.m. July 14, Rose Frost will be on hand to meet with the public. She has been the Director of the Platteville Public Library in Wisconsin since 2008.

Frost has degrees from the University of South Florida and Michigan State University.

Both forums will be in the library’s Strassweg Auditorium, and light refreshments will be served.

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