January 17, 2022

Audio: Las Vegas Library Director Jeanne Goodrich Named Librarian of the Year, to Retire in 2014

First, from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Jeanne Goodrich came to Las Vegas to lead one of the nation’s largest library districts just as it was about to plunge off a financial cliff.

She led the district through those financial troubles, oversaw the opening of a new library and a new district headquarters, and watched the industry start a profound change as digital books began to take hold.

Now, four years after arriving, Goodrich, 64, has announced her retirement. It won’t take effect until October 2014, giving the board time to find a replacement. A search firm is expected to be hired next month to start a national search.

As she prepares to head out the door, Goodrich was named Librarian of the Year last week by the Nevada Library Association.

“I love libraries. I’ve been doing it for 43 years,” Goodrich said. “But it’s time for something different.”

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Second,  Goodrich was interviewed today on Nevada Public Radio.  It runs 12.5 minutes. 

From a Text Blurb:

She was just named Nevada’s librarian of the year, but sadly, it’s her last year on the job. Jeanne Goodrich has been at the helm of one of the largest library districts in the country for the last four years, including the lean years of the recession. She’s announced her plan to retire next year.

So how did Goodrich keep Las Vegas libraries vital in an era of declining funding and easy access to digital information?

Listen to the Interview

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.