• Warren County severs ties with library system
By Donna Stillinger, news director of WTHO-FM/WTWA-AM Radio

Warren County Commissioners have agreed to pull out of their current library system and join forces with Columbia and Lincoln counties to form a new library system.
The commissioners made that decision during their Sept. 6 meeting. The new system will not begin until July 1, 2013.
Lincoln and Columbia counties agreed last week to pull away from the East Central Georgia Regional Library System and start their own.
Warren County commissioners said Sept. 6 that they would become a part of the new group.
Commission Chairman John Graham and Librarian Beth Bean said that after analyzing all the facts acquired thus far, by joining with Columbia Council more local control of how library funds are spent would be provided and would give better services to Warren County residents.
Graham told commissioners that their approval would open the door to begin working on a contract with Columbia and Lincoln counties.
“Having input from the start on what benefits and works in Warren County would be required as part of the deal was very appealing to the commissioners, “ he said.
The commissioners agreed to begin contract talks and negotiations with Columbia County who has made a lot of promises to the smaller of the two counties. “Now is the time to put those promises down on paper and hopefully make the two small county libraries more in control of what happens monetarily and with collections,” Graham said.
Warren County will remain a part of the east Central Georgia Regional Library through June 2013.
As the hub for a new library region, the Columbia County library would receive $280,000--$113,000 for supplies and acquisitions and five paid state positions. Lincoln and Warren counties would receive a portion of state-supplied funds—about $55,000 each—and one state-funded position. In return, the Columbia County Library would be charged with maintaining a courier system, IT and cataloging for the region.
Graham is requesting that the new regional library board have a seven-member board, instead of the traditional five, with Warren and Lincoln counties having two local representatives and three from Columbia County.





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