The Camarillo Public Library [Ventura County] plans to use a multimillion-dollar bequest from a local citrus farmer to expand its collection of business books, digital media and other materials.The expansion falls in line with how Camarillo grower Russell Fischer intended the money to be used, library officials said. It also will help the library serve the business community, said Barbara Wolfe, city librarian.
The library received $2.8 million, and with investment earnings, the amount increased to $3.1 million by the end of fiscal year 2011-12.
“With the addition of a business coordinator, we’re going to be able to do a lot of outreach and create more partnerships with the business community, which we haven’t been able to do before,” Wolfe said.
Officials propose to spend $258,000 on the expansion in the first year. About $226,000 would be spent on electronic and audio books, DVDs, videographer equipment and about 10 computer tablets that have business software.
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