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My Last Blog Post

jillThis will be my last blog post.  I am leaving Institutional Library Services for a new adventure in the academic world.  I plan to follow the blog and keep up with all the news, because I may be leaving prison, but it will always have my support.  I think that we all do good work and we should never be forgotten.  Times are changing and I have seen great things come out of the prison libraries here in Washington State and I hope to see many more things showcased on this blog.  Over the last 8 years we went to barely holding on and doing the basics, to a skeleton crew and doing book programs and offering re-entry information to the patrons of the library.  I know that should be the other way around, budget cuts should bring less to the library, but it seems to have motivated all of us to push a little harder, to prove to the non-believers that we are important and I think we have achieved it.  I will miss many people and I will miss the work that I have done, but it’s time for me to pursue a new adventure and see what else is out there for me.



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2 Responses to “My Last Blog Post”

  1. Rand Simmons Says:

    Best wishes, Jill. Thanks for all the good times, laughter and hard work. We will miss you for sure. You were instrumental in launching the institutional branches into the digital age. I will follow your growing career. Rand

  2. Jill Merritt Says:

    Thanks Rand. I had a great time working for the library and I know I will be seeing your around the “library world”.

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