Changes in Store for Monticello Public Library


September 27, 2018

The Monticello Public Library is preparing for the future with some big changes by 2019, and indeed, several changes have already taken place.

To consider the myriad options and directions available, library board members met with Monticello’s new Library Director, Katrina Linde-Moriarty, and Wisconsin South Central Library System (SCLS) Director Martha Van Pelt and Consulting Services Coordinator Mark Ibach on September 11th.

At that meeting, the board chose to consider joining the LINKcat system and to search for better investments, including the SCLS Foundation. LINKcat, a library catalog system connecting 47 libraries in a seven-county area, ships borrowed items directly to a preferred library, free for SCLS residents with a library card. The board is also looking at SCLS Foundation and other investment products for a better rate of return on investment of donations.

Increasing security, upgrading technology for faster integration, and consolidating collections are already in the process. Director Linde-Moriarty sees the library expanding continuing education opportunities into all areas of the Village, including business and government, and providing more programs for teens and adults. With so many changes on the horizon, Linde-Moriarty brings excitement and energy to the tasks ahead focusing on making this a smooth transition with limited interruptions to the community of Monticello.

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One sad change that already touched the library is the passing of the library’s greatest benefactor, Gene Lynn, in August. Lynn established the library on E. Lake Avenue where it stands today and donated it to the Village of Monticello in the late 1990s. He has been a faithful and generous supporter of the library since that time. Condolences were extended to his family, and a display is being designed to remember him and his valuable investment in the community.

Library Board President Ann Kaderly and Secretary Barbara Duerst announced they would not accept any more extensions of their resignations. Having served many years on the board, Kaderly and Duerst prepared to step down in April. However, with repeated requests from other trustees, they agreed to remain until financial and policy restructuring was completed. Both trustees are stepping down to pursue career opportunities.

With the opening of two positions, the Village of Monticello Board of Trustees confirmed the appointments of Janet Willman and Kenneth Colle to the Monticello Library Board on September 19. Willman, a village resident, has served on the Green County Library Board. Colle, a retired Monticello School principal, will represent library patrons from neighboring townships. Their terms will be effective October 1.

Monticello kicked off its reach for the future this fall by introducing their new library director at a social evening arranged by the Green County Library Board to meet the directors and board members of Green County area libraries on September 6th, at the Monticello Public Library.


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