Bartram Trail Regional Library System is administered from offices located in the Mary Willis Library, Washington, Georgia and serves the Mary Willis Library, the Taliaferro County Library, and the Thomson-McDuffie County Library.
The affiliate libraries are located in the county seats of Wilkes, McDuffie and Taliaferro Counties. Each county library is supported by annual appropriations from its local funding agents. Each local board, assisted by the director, employs its own librarian or library manager, adopts its own budget, secures local financial support from its funding agents and handles matters of a local nature not in conflict with Georgia Public Library Law (Act 1210) or the Regional Library Constitution and By-Laws.
Regional administration is supported by local funds supplied by the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners, City of Washington, Wilkes County Board of Education, Taliaferro County Board of Education, McDuffie County Commission and City of Thomson. In addition, it receives and administers State Grants for Materials, Maintenance and Operations, and Federal Library Services and Construction Act grants for the entire regional system.
All affairs of the System are handled through a 9-member Regional Board and the Library Director.
The Library System complies with the Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and under Title III, The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.
The Bartram Trail Regional Library System serves the Mary Willis, Taliaferro, and Thomson-McDuffie communites, each of which was visited by William Bartram during his expeditions for his Elements of Botany Engravings.
The services of the libraries have changed over the years from the early 1900s-when children under age eight were discouraged from visiting the libraries-to the present, when programs are designed especially with the young child in mind.
Children's Programs have increased in number and variety. Multi-media resources are used in classrooms, churches, nursing homes, scouting groups, extension programs and civic clubs.
Over the years, the libraries have expanded their services to better provide the public with information, reference materials, and recreational reading. Special library programs and services for adults have included:
|1967||Mary Willis Library and Taliaferro County Library sign a contractual agreement forming the Wilkes-Taliaferro Regional Library System.|
|1970||Greene County joins the System and name changes to Wilkes-Taliaferro-Greene Regional System.|
|1974||McDuffie joins System, which is renamed the Bartram Trail Regional Library.|
|Wilkes County Library Board created.|
|1976||Miss Jean Cochran's plan for Mary Willis Library expansion is accepted and the firm of Kuhlke and Wade of Augusta, GA. submit architectural drawings for an annex to the existing structure.|
|1977||Combining elements of the 1888 Mary Willis Library structure with a functional floor plan, the annex opens on April 1, adding 4,459 square feet for a total of 7,114 square feet.|
|1980||McDuffie County Library moves from the old Garden Club building to the renovated U.S. Post Office.|
|1985||Greene County Library builds a new building on Main Street with 8,600 square feet of space.|
|1987||McDuffie County Library embarks on a building program to create a new 13,500 square foot building.|
|McDuffie County Library renamed the Thomson-McDuffie County Library.|
|1989||New 2,500 square foot Taliaferro County Library opens to public.|
|1991||Mary Willis Library extension is completed in October, adding 5,267 square feet to almost completely occupy its town lot.|
|1992||Greene County withdraws from the Bartram Trail System, joining the Uncle Remus Regional Library System.|
- Samuel Barnett, President
- O.S. Barnett, Secretary-Treasurer
- Charles A. Alexander
- Frank H. Colley
- William M. Reese
- Benjamin S. Irvin
- Frank W. Barnett
- Carrie Dyson Turner (1889-1916)
- Hardeman Toombs Woods (1916-1925)
- Kathleen Colley (1925-1964)
- Marjorie S. Morrow (1965-1988)
- Celeste A. Stover (1988-2006)
- Lillie Crowe (2006 - present)
It is the function of the Regional Library Board to adopt policies for the library system, to promote interest in the Library and to authorize and negotiate funding for the regional library budget proposed by the Director for the operation of the Library System. Membership on the Regional Board consists of three members from each county Library Board in the Region. The Board meets the third Tuesday in January, April, August and October at 5:00 PM at alternate libraries in the System. For a list of names on your current Governing Board, please ask the staff at your local library.
This materials selection policy has been compiled to act as a guide to the library staff in selecting materials and maintaining the library's collections. It is also designed to inform the public about the principles upon which selections are made.
Factors to be considered in selecting and adding materials to the collection are:
Each library should have a well-rounded core collection of fiction and nonfiction. Current periodicals are selected to expand upon these basic materials. They should cover a wide range of subjects and should reflect community interest and demand.
Highly specialized materials are not purchased, but are borrowed through interlibrary loan.
Religious materials should be of a general or historical nature and be non-proselytizing.
Medical materials purchased should be sound and contain basic information on such topics as hygiene, nutrition, health, and common diseases. Should be updated frequently as often as every three years.
Materials containing sexually explicit references will be selected under the same criteria as other library materials: i.e., on the basis of good reviews, community and collection needs, and budgetary and space limitations.
No attempt will be made to build a collection of textbooks, but they will be purchased when they are the best or only source of information on a subject.
If a book is not chosen for the Library's collection, it has been excluded because it does not measure up to the Library's standards, because the Library already has adequate coverage of the subject, or because of budgetary or space limitations.
The library will not automatically replace all materials withdrawn because of loss, damage or wear. Decisions will be based on the following considerations:
On a continuous basis, obsolete and unused materials are eliminated from the collection. Weeding is done by professional staff at the headquarters and by library managers assisted by the regional coordinator in affiliated counties.
Materials to be weeded include:
* For more detailed information, please see: General Considerations.
Bartram Trail Regional Library System provides meeting room spaces as a service to the community for use by individual groups and/or organizations. This space is designed for library-sponsored programs, community group activities and programs of governmental funding agencies including local, state and federal agencies that provide continuous financial support to the libraries.
Bartram Trail Regional Library System provides meeting room spaces as a service to the community for use by individual groups and/or organizations. This space is designed for library sponsored programs, community group activities and programs of governmental funding agencies including local, State and federal agencies that provide continuous financial support to the libraries. Priority for use will be given to library-related programs and those co-sponsored by the library. Community sponsored activities will be granted permission on a first-come first-serve basis.
Functions held in the meeting rooms must be of civic, cultural or educational nature. Meetings must be open to the general public.
Space may be reserved for workshops, conferences, institutes, book discussions, training, touring exhibits, programs, etc. Recurring meetings by organizations and/or community groups are not encouraged; however, the rooms may be reserved no earlier than 60 days in advance. The library will not accept reservations for a series of meetings which will designate the Library as a regular meeting place of any organization. However, classes held in a series but on a temporary basis will be allowed. i.e. "Weekly class or workshop on financial planning for 4 weeks and sponsored by the County Extension Office".
All programs, events, meetings and gatherings shall be open to the public at no admission fee. However, an organization may charge for materials used in the program or meals served if allowed at the local library. Library related programs such as Friend's book sales or bake sales to benefit the library services may be scheduled in library facilities.
Permission to use the meeting room will not be granted unless the presentation assumes the nature of an open forum with the opportunity given for all viewpoints to be presented. The Board of Trustees for the Bartram Trail Regional Library System reserves the right to review any or all room use applications and may demand sufficient time to make proper investigations before action is taken on a request. The Board may reject applications. Permission to use the meeting room does not constitute an endorsement of a group's policies or beliefs.
A maintenance fee to recover costs of operating the meeting room may be assessed.
The Library Director is instructed to implement this policy with procedures as required.
All meetings are open to the public. The Library staff reserves the right to enter the meeting room at any time.
The meeting room is not an appropriate venue for the following types of meetings:
An application for the use of the Meeting Room is available during the regular OPEN hours of any library branch in the system and must be completed by an official of the requesting organization and who will be attending the meeting. Tentative scheduling and information exchanges by telephone are acceptable. However, the application must be completed and approved by the Librarian or Library Manager in charge before reservation is official or before the library meeting site is advertised. Upon approval the requestor will be notified. Rooms are assigned in the order in which requests are received. The requestor's original signature, address and telephone number are required on the form.
All policies come directly from the Bartram Trail Regional Library System Administrative Manual. Some policies may vary from branch to branch according to the needs of the communities each library serves.
Bartram Trail Regional Library System offers an equal opportunity for all qualified applicants to be selected for jobs at all levels. We take seriously our goal to provide equal consideration regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, physical handicap, age, political affiliation, or any other nonmerit factor.
We encourage all interested and qualified persons to apply for positions with Bartram Trail Regional Library System. We heartily believe that our emphasis on employment opportunity yields benefits for the library, its employees, and its patrons.
There are no open positions at this time.