|Carol B. McKey|
40 years at the helm, Mrs. Bard retired, and Carol B. McKey (formerly
Smyth) became Library Director in 1985, only the fourth person to hold
the position in 122 years. Under her guidance Morrisson-Reeves has moved
into the computer age.
In the mid-1980s, staff converted the library's holdings to computerized records and began using an automated circulation system. With the switch to a different system in 1994, the library discarded its card catalog and began using an online computer catalog, providing greater flexibility in searching the library's holdings. That catalog is now also available outside the boundaries of the library via the World Wide Web. The Audio-Visual Department, opened in 1989, makes music, movies, and audio books available in a variety of formats. In recent years, computer use has grown quickly, and now the A/V Department has twenty computers with Internet access available for public use, and the Children's Department has three more on which children can play educational games.
Throughout its more than 140-year history, Morrisson-Reeves Library has evolved with both society and the library profession. It has a firm foundation that will enable it to continue to grow and adapt to new technologies and trends far into the future.