He comes from a junior college library in New Mexico. James Britsch has been the director of the North Logan Library for about a month and a half. On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, he said public libraries have a vibrancy not found in academic library settings. He said he’s blessed to have a young staff that brings a lot of enthusiasm and innovative ideas to the modern library. He talked about how libraries have evolved.
“They’ve changed a lot over the years. When you look back at what libraries used to be, they were a place where basically it was a brick building that was full of books. But that’s not the way it is anymore. Now we’re doing all sorts of innovative things,” said Britsch. “As librarians we think of ourselves as information professionals and that we are there to help people find information of all kinds, whether it’s in books or whether it’s online.”
One of the innovative things at the North Logan Library is the Maker Space – where people can do things like converting their old VHS tapes to digital formats and use 3D printers. Britsch says many library patrons enjoy going to the library website to download e-books, and audio books are now more popular than ever. The library also hosts a Summer Reading program, movies on Monday evenings and Tuesday afternoons and other special events will happen this month.
“Next week, we’re having a puppet show but it’s not like just a few people with their hands waving around puppets. This is like a professional puppet show. That’s on July 20th. It’s the Rocky Mountain Puppets and it’s going to be at 6:30 (p.m.) and that’s a children’s program that’s open to everyone. Then, on July 25th another children’s program that we have at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. is the children’s musician Eric Herman.”
For more information about what is happening at the library go to www.NorthLoganLibrary.org and you can also find them on Facebook.