Welcome to MLCL’s new digital branch

When I first came to this community a year ago to become the Director of the Marshall-Lyon County Library, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the size and beauty of the building.  I’ve worked in a number of libraries across five other states and nothing else compares. The fact that it was built in 2011, when the country’s economy was still deep in recovery, is a testament to how much this community values not only public libraries but also public civic space.

The community proved that commitment again in 2015 when the Library expanded to include the Robert L. and Phyllis Carr Children’s Library, a new wing devoted to children and families. So, when I became Director a few months after the opening of the new children’s wing, I assumed that the community had finished building the Library it needed.

Yet, any great library is more than the space and collection it provides.  Services and programs that are worthy of both our building and community are as just as important. With that in mind, we developed our 2017-2019 Strategic Plan.  As we reflected on our resources and community, we discovered that we, in fact, had not finished building the whole Library.  We still needed to build was a digital branch: a branch that exists virtually but provides access to very real services and collections.

Today, we unveil the Marshall-Lyon County Library’s new Digital Branch.  This reinvigorated website is the last foundational piece needed to create library services and programs that are responsive to what you need and want.  More importantly, this website represents our commitment to this community, one that is as open and civic-minded as the building itself.  Please take a few minutes to look around the Marshall-Lyon County Library’s newest branch. Explore and take advantage of all that we offer digitally when you can’t visit one of our three physical locations.

I have been part of many library building projects and remodels in my career, and I can attest that building a digital branch is no less arduous or taxing.  The work doesn’t end after you’ve finished building, either; as soon as you start living in any new space, you quickly discover more things that need fixing. As you explore this new branch, please share your ideas and feedback on what you like, what needs improvement, and what we might add to make it work better for you.  Together, we can make our new Digital Branch exactly what we need.

With that, I wish you a warm welcome!  We hope this visit will be the first of many!