It was a typical year for both of the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) Branch Libraries, the East-Complex (EC) and the West-Complex (WC).
In January 2011, our newest Library Associate, Molly Mooney had been on the job for 4 months. Her training was going well and she enthusiastically participated in special projects: working with our ILS Wiki pages and Library-Snapshot day. In March the WC was open full-time again for the first time since February of 2010 and everyone was happy. In April we said good-by to Molly when she decided to leave ILS. The WSP libraries were back on half-time schedules. With all of the going to and fro between EC and WC, Jean still wasn’t getting enough exercise and had to join the gym.
By May we had applicants for the vacant position at WC and in June Laura, Melisa, and Jean interviewed candidates. In July Matt Roach accepted the position and was at WSP for two days before starting CORE in early August. Matt was also a very enthusiastic new employee and training was well underway when ILS received the bad news.
After nearly 30 years of operation the EC Library was being closed. Jean’s position was going away which resulted in very bad news for Matt, who lost his job. Even so, Matt gallantly worked through October and November to help pack up the EC collection. His last day at WSP was November 30th. The day before that he accepted a job at the State Library, so everyone was happy about that.
The EC library closed for good on November 30, 2011. When it was all over about 2/3 of the collection had been packed up. The rest was left for WSP to distribute to the Minimum units. Using a golf cart pulling a trailer, WSP staff made several trips between EC and WC to move all of the boxes of books, library furniture and equipment which took up every available space in the WC library storage room.
Now begins the work of unpacking, sorting and cataloging materials for WC. Here’s hoping the year 2012 will be just as typical as 2011 was.