Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Imperial County Librarian, Barrington, Set to Retire

County Librarian set to retire after 15 years
Imperial Valley Press: 2.11.2016 by Edwin Delgado

After serving Imperial Valley for more than 20 years, the last 15 as the County Librarian, Connie Barrington is now set to retire. The new county librarian will begin on March 4.

“It was hard to make the decision, I really enjoyed it,” Barrington said. “It’s time for someone young with a new vision to continue to expand on what we have.”

Barrington who is from Chicago came into the valley with her husband in the 1980s after he convinced her to come and experience living in the Valley.

She held several positions early in her career, before getting appointed as the county librarian Barrington was an assistant to the director of the Brawley Library where she began to get involved with the Adult Literacy Program in 1989.

“I think that with the budget that we’ve had, we were able to provide great services for the community,” Barrington said. “The library is the best underutilized resource in the Valley.”

Despite always having a limited budget to work with she feels proud to have been able to expand the services they provide the community and adapt with the times.The library is working to allow people to check out eBook readers and have constantly upgraded their software and connections to allow its users to access the resources and information they need with ease.

“People only think of books when it comes to the library but we’re so much more than that,” Barrington said.

Now with retirement looming, she said that a friend of hers adviser her not to commit to anything for the first six months of her retirement. She does intend to do a lot of traveling but also wants to remain involved with the literacy program, although she still doesn’t know to what capacity.  READ MORE @ [Subscription Required]

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