From the Bangor Daily News:
Maine State Librarian Linda Lord loves libraries and wants more people to know how great they are.
“We have to get out there and give people the word,” she said. “People don’t know how much libraries have changed. The shushing? Gone. If people have not been to a public library in 10 years, they have not been in a public library.”
Instead of gloomy stacks of books and an emphasis on silence, today’s libraries have become vibrant community centers with a big focus on technology, according to the 70-year-old Lord, who stepped down from her post Dec. 31. The enthusiastic librarian and educator from Brooks has worked at the Maine State Library since 1999, and she has held the top job there for five years. Before that, she was a teacher and school librarian at Mount View High School in Thorndike until she was hired in 1992 by the Maine Department of Education.