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Alone on the Range
Library Project

Librarian: TBA

To contact us to arrange for delivery or retrieval of materials, please call: 970-675-5555
Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

or click here for our online request form

or email us at the Alone Library by clicking on this link

Every attempt will be made to deliver or pick up materials within a three week cycle. We will maintain a rotating schedule by county, weather permitting.

Please be sure to leave your contact phone number(s), and let us know the current location of the patron who wishes to have library service. Specific directions are important. Also, let us know if the patron wants materials in English or Spanish, and if there are any specific requests.




The above information is a mock-up, but gives an idea of the methods by which patrons or, more likely, their employers will contact the library.

Librarian: The person needed for this position will need to have an unusual skill set for a librarian. The librarian will need to be able to do all of the following:
  • Web design and maintenance. The Rangely Public Library (RPL) has no website, so the librarian will be responsible for all web-related issues needed to manage and respond to online business. Forms will need to be designed, and email will need to be managed. The site will need to be maintained year-round.
  • Be responsible for the answering machine. Take messages, and maintain a log of calls.
  • Have bilingual skills in Spanish and English. Literacy and English as a Second Language skills would be desirable.
  • Be organized and responsible. A daily itinerary would need to be available to RPL library personnel. If the librarian has trouble on the road, the RPL staff would know where to direct emergency service officers for assistance.
  • Be able to read Bureau of Land Management maps, as service stops can be in very remote areas on service roads. State maps don't show most of the roads that would be used.
  • Have good driving skills to handle dirt roads, mountainous terrain, and sudden changes in weather. Be able to do basic auto maintenance such as changing tires and installing chains.
  • Know how to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
  • Maintain consistent records, both written and on a laptop computer. Due to the mountainous landscape here, wireless devices work intermittently, if at all. The librarian cannot count on being able to connect from any locations to use a laptop, and would need to have an orderly system of written records that could later be entered into the computer records.
  • Develop and put into action promotions of the library. Writing, graphic, and speaking skills would be assets for this part of the program.
  • Have basic library operational skills: interlibrary loans, search, reference, filing, materials management, record keeping.

Mode of operation: The ideal schedule would involve delivery and pickup of materials by the librarian once every three weeks. A rotating schedule would allow for visiting one county route per week. Weather could alter the schedule, as sudden rainstorms turn serviceable dirt roads into impassable gumbo clay in a flash.

Materials could be requested in person, by phone, or by email. The librarian would work three days a week on the road, and two days in the library office June, July, and August. Hours in May and September would be fewer, as the driving duties would lessen, and require only local trips to pick up and return materials as needed. During the rest of the year, only simple maintenance of the website would be needed. Promotional activities would be developed during the off-season, as well.

 

 


The Alone on the Range library project would be sponsored by the Rangely Public Library, Rangely, Colorado.

Rangely Public Library
109 E. Main St. Rangely, CO 81648
970.675.8811
TBA, Director

Library Hours:
Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Tuesdays until 8:00 p.m.

Saturday10:00 a.m.until 3:00 p.m.


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