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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 15, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Nov. 15, 1921

LIBRARY HEAD RESIGNS, PAY NOT INCREASED

Miss Van Sant Ceases Services Tonight—Asked for Three-Year Contract at $2100 Per Annum—Librarian Services Valuable.

Miss Clare Van Sant ceases her valuable services as librarian of the Medford Public Library tonight, in accordance with her resignation tendered to the public library board some time ago. The announcement of her retirement will be received with much regret on the part of the general public, both city and county, among whom she made many warm friends and acquaintances during her two years service at the head of the library.

The members of the library board also regret to lose her services and pay high tribute to her ability as a librarian and the success and growth which attended the library during her regime. It was under Miss Van Sant’s direction that the popular county library system with the Medford library as the base was inaugurated.

Until the first of January no appointment will be made by the library board of Miss Van Sant’s successor, and Miss E. F. Woolsey, first assistant librarian will be in charge as acting librarian. The board has appointed Mrs. Blanch Lyman, wife of the forest ranger in the Union Creek district, and a graduate of the Carnegie library school at Pittsburgh, with 6 years library experience, as an assistant librarian. She goes on duty tomorrow. Miss Van Sant’s plans for the future are not yet announced.

The relations between the library board and Miss Van Sant have been harmonious, and her resignation comes about because the board cannot grant the increased pay which she feels she ought to draw in a city of Medford’s library class, and which the board feels that it will be impossible to pay without crippling the library service. Since the establishment of the county library system a year ago Miss Van Sant has drawn a salary of $1500 a year.

Last spring she asked the board for a three-year contract at $2100 a year, and stated she would not remain after this year at a less salary than $2100. In view of the financial support which the city will receive next year from both the city and county, and of the rapidly increasing library circulation both in city and county the board could not grant a $600 increase in the librarian’s salary, even were as members so disposed, without taking it off the book purchasing fund.

It is said that Miss Van Sant’s interest in the welfare of the library was such that she would not accept an increase if it had to be lopped from the purchasing fund, which is not any too large.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com