Raise your hand if you have served on a committee in your library. If your hand isn’t raised, just give it some time … libraries definitely like committee work. For instance, I recently had the opportunity to work with a committee consisting mostly of librarians. When the committee’s goals were accomplished, my non-librarian coworker commented that “Librarians sure have a lot of opinions.”

Since this article is about usability testing, and is written by and for librarians, let’s test his hypothesis. Let’s also test a few other hypotheses about librarians while we’re at it. (Disclaimer: In this article, “librarians” include staff who work in libraries, and has nothing to do with degrees or job classifications.)

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is a Cooperative of 13 member libraries and two special libraries, each uniquely governed and operated. WCCLS is a primary funding source for member libraries, and our WCCLS “Office” provides other support such as daily courier deliveries, cataloging coordination, and e-book collections. The WCCLS website and Extranet are two other ways the WCCLS Office supports member libraries in Washington County. The WCCLS Extranet is a repository of policies, procedures, and committee meeting documents. It also includes training and promotional materials for WCCLS resources, as well as opportunities for sharing ideas.

Author Biography

Crystal Trice

Training and Projects Librarian, Washington County Cooperative Library Services


Crystal is the Training and Projects Librarian for Washington County Cooperative Library Services. She has been a librarian for 18 years, on both the East and West coasts. Ms. Trice also teaches seminars for librarians interested in creating makerspaces. She can be reached at CrystalT@wccls.org.

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