|By Bill Castanier|
Maureen Hirten was the Capital Area District Library interim director; now, she’s got the job long termThe new Capital Area District Library director, Maureen
Hirten, is as comfortable talking about books as she is about budgets.
Both are great characteristics in this era of shrinking budgets and
For Okemos resident Hirten the literary cliché “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times” is especially fitting.
The best of times is her recent appointment to director. Hirten, 60, has
Now, for the worst of times. Hirten said the biggest
“We are trimming everywhere we can and building a rainy-day fund,” she said.
“Our revenue has dropped and we are being very creative in the way we look at services.”
The new director said she is committed to finding ways to save money that patrons won’t notice.
She said that due to the lag time in figuring property
Hirten said she has three priorities for the coming year:
She added that the library is looking at instituting fines on late books: “We have come to that conclusion.”
The library assesses fines for late videos and for book replacement or damage, but has not collected fees on overdue books.
Hirten said she loves her job. “It was one of those things I wanted to be as a child. I really thought it would be a great job.”
She received her library sciences degree from the
Hirten said people’s perception of “the dusty old
Hirten said she recently downloaded the latest “Maise