Tupper Lake When Linda Auclair began her job as the manager for the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library in 2003, people were still using paper library cards to take out books. Now, as she readies for retirement, plastic cards are used and book borrowing is processed on the computer.
During her nine years at the helm, Auclair has seen how technology has changed the way people use libraries. Yet, even with the popularity of ebooks, she believes in the future of paper books.
“I think people will always want some of both,” Auclair said. “And publishers haven’t figured out the perfect price model yet for ebooks. Those are pretty limited unless you want to buy every book you read. So I don’t see paper books at your library going away any time.”
Auclair will be retiring on Aug. 26 after being the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library’s manager since March 3, 2003. Asked what she will do with all her free time, she joked, “I’m going to live a life of leisure.”
“The time is right,” Auclair said. “We have a couple of sons and stepchildren, and they live all over the country and I’m looking forward to being able to spend more time with all of them in the near future.”
Many times, retirees find that they get busier after retirement.
“Everybody’s telling me that,” Auclair said. “I’m going to resist that with everything in me.”
The biggest changes at the library over the past years have been technological.
“We have become automated,” Auclair said. “The circulation of library materials is now completely computerized. Every transaction is recorded and takes place via a computer. It took us a while to learn it. It was extremely difficult at the very beginning because we were unfamiliar with the system, but it worked out well, very efficient, but it was a challenge.”