The Times West Virginian

October 10, 2012

Responsibilities abound for local librarians

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — It’s easy to get lost in a library, whether in a good book or trying to find one.

But there are people available to help patrons find the books they’re looking for.

Becky Mayle is one of those people. She works in reference and adult services at the Marion County Public Library in downtown Fairmont, and she can help people find any information they’re looking for.

“I spend a lot of time at the reference desk,” Mayle said. “It’s a service that a lot of folks don’t realize that many libraries provide.”

Mayle usually works the closing shift at the library Monday through Friday. Each day is different because closing times vary.

“Mondays and Tuesdays we close at 8 p.m.” Mayle said. “Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays we close at 6 p.m. and Saturdays we close at 4 p.m.”

The first thing Mayle does when she gets to the library is clock in and check emails and voice mails. She also has many duties.

“One of my duties is supervising the circulation desk staff,” Mayle said. “I see if there is anything that needs my help up there.”

Other responsibilities include interlibrary loans and running programs for adults.

“If we don’t have a title here in our library, we can usually obtain an item if I request it from another library in West Virginia,” she said. “That involves a considerable chunk of my time.”


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