Barrington named new county librarian

June 06, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county has a new librarian for its far-flung eight branches.

El Centro resident Connie Barrington said the combination of herself and the county will be a good meld and will allow both to achieve their goals.

Barrington, 50, said the county would like to expand its materials, including its Spanish-language sections, further its outreach to new patrons and library automation. The county has library branches in Heber, Calipatria, Desert Shores, Holtville, Niland, Ocotillo, Salton City and Westmorland.

Barrington was introduced at the county Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

She said she is pleased with the new position.

"I strongly believe libraries are the cornerstone of our democracy," she said. "I really look forward to working with the community and to providing library services."


On a personal level, Barrington said she believes libraries are the heart of a community and people should use them for research and recreational needs. She also said libraries can be used to bridge the so-called digital divide, that is, the gap between those with access to computers and online content, and those without them, especially adults. Also she said she would like to expand services and materials to the outlying areas.

"I truly believe libraries can make a difference," she said.

County Administrative Analyst Cynthia Dagnino said the county contracted with the city of El Centro to administer the county's branches while the county was without a librarian. She praised the city for its help.

Dagnino said filling the librarian position with a qualified candidate took three recruitment efforts. She said it is a win-win situation for the county as Barrington is well-liked in the community and knowledgeable of the field.

Barrington has been associated with literacy, libraries and the local Reading is Fundamental project. She holds a master's degree from the University of Arizona School of Library and Information Resources and is a state-certified school teacher librarian.

Barrington was previously Brawley assistant librarian, worked as children's and reference librarian at Camarena Memorial Library in Calexico and was a sixth-grade school teacher in Westmorland. She is president of the Desert Valley Library Media Association.

She is married and has one daughter.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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