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Local Librarian Honored By Ohio Library Council

The Main Library of the Chillicothe Ross County Public Library system on South Paint Street. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

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(Ohio Library Council) — James Hill, Director of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library has been named the 2021 Librarian of the Year. The award honors a librarian whose recent accomplishments have impacted the library profession and library service to the community.

During the pandemic and under Hill’s leadership, the library developed a check-in program to monitor the elderly and isolated individuals. He added Chromebooks for patron checkout, extended Wi-Fi access, and created a telehealth room at the Main Library. But the pandemic did not stopped Hill or his staff from moving forward as evidenced by the expansion of the outreach department and a new bike lending program, among other projects.

In response to the drug epidemic in Ross County, Hill forged a partnership with other county agencies to bring a Peer Recovery Supporter to the library. This person provides an essential service to the county, helping people navigate treatment options and finding resources to help.

In addition, Hill is committed to his staff and staff development. Since becoming library director, he has assisted six staff members in obtaining their Master of Library and Information Science degrees and/or professional certifications.