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Committee reviews library technology, efficiency

The joint library committee met Thursday morning in Halifax to further discuss the future of the county’s library system including proposed technological advances and promoting efficiency.

The committee is comprised of members of the Board of Supervisors, Town of South Boston, Town of Halifax and the Halifax-South Boston Library Board including ED-1 Supervisor J. T. Davis, ED-7 Supervisor Lottie Nunn, South Boston Mayor Ed Owens, South Boston Councilman Bill Snead, Halifax Town Councilmen Tom Brown and Bill Confroy and Library Board Chairman Bee Espy and Director Joe Zappacosta.

Members spent the majority of the meeting figuring out if the library was “on top of technology” and what can be done to make sure it is being run most efficiently.

“We are here to support the library board,” said Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy.

South Boston Town Manager Ted Daniel questioned what the library foresees in its future as far as services they will provide patrons. 

“Do you always see it as two branches or do you ever see it being consolidated?” asked Daniel.

Library Board Chairman Espy replied, “We haven’t looked that far, and we haven’t discussed that yet, but we have kept up with the digital systems. We haven’t looked 20 years in the future, but we would like to keep servicing the public.”

Several committee members pointed out that technology is constantly moving forward, and they said future plans include opening lines of communication with the school system.

Halifax Town Councilman Confroy suggested meeting with school administrators to discuss how school librarians are planning for future technological advances.

 “It is very difficult to say where we are going to be in 10 years when things are moving so fast,” said   Zappacosta.

He also added circulation and programming has increased significantly since 2009. 

County Administrator Jim Halasz concluded that committee members had brought many good ideas and a follow up meeting is set in October.