Durango Public Library Acting Director Takes New Position – The Durango Herald

Study underway to determine the feasibility of a special tax district

The Durango City and La Plata County governments are considering whether to ask voters to approve a library district to fund the Durango Public Library. (Durango Herald file)

The Durango Public Library is looking for a new manager and will soon need a new interim manager.

Randy Robertson, who has served as interim superintendent since October, has accepted a position as superintendent of Luzerne County, Pa., which pays $181,500 a year, according to the leader of times.

Randy Robertson, acting director of the Durango Public Library, has accepted a job in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He was hired, in part, to help study the feasibility of creating a special tax district for the library. (Durango Herald file)

Robertson was hired by the City of Durango, in part, for his knowledge and experience in creating special neighborhoods. The city and county of La Plata are studying the feasibility of creating a library district with taxing powers. Currently, the library is funded by a joint sales tax between the city and La Plata County.

Robertson said he will remain in the post for another month or month and a half – long enough to present some of the findings on creating a library district. After that, it will be up to government officials, with input from residents, to ask voters to create a special tax district for the library.

Robertson said he hopes voters have a chance to weigh in on the special district, but the financial numbers may not support such a move.

Robertson said he was moving east to be closer to his family, including his 89-year-old mother who suffered an accident on the stairs.

He praised the Durango Public Library and its staff members.

“It’s a phenomenal library, and the team is top-notch,” he said. “They survived COVID, they survived a pandemic, they continue to push and be innovative.”

Library visits are increasing, especially as the pandemic recedes, he said.

“Those who use the library certainly get a lot out of it, and those who may not be familiar with it should check it out…because there seems to be something for everyone,” said Robertson.

Donna Arment, acting assistant library manager, said she was interested in helping find a permanent library manager.

Arment, who has worked at the Durango Public Library since 2006, said she was a few years away from retiring so she wasn’t interested in the job.

“I just want to find someone who will get us through the next five to 10 years, who will help bring a good director and an assistant director here, and someone who can move us forward and introduce us to new technologies. , just sort of getting us on a good road,” she said.

The library provides a variety of services, does community engagement efforts and is a patent and trademark resource center, so the new director should be familiar with those efforts, she said. Adding another layer, it’s unclear if the library will continue to be funded by city and county sales tax or if it will be a special tax district, she said.

The library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“These hours have been very good hours for us. They seem to be adapting very well to our community,” Arment said.

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