By SCOTT AUST
All the crannies and nooks of Pam Tuller’s office are full of Dr. Seuss plunder.
“There’s so much you can learn from Dr. Seuss, even as an adult,” said Tuller, newly hired director of Finney County Public Library.
“I have collected a lot,” she said while pointing to her office bookcase which is filled with Seuss titles. “A lot of these are mine from when I was a kid, and then I have collected them since high school.”
Tuller was hired by Library Systems & Services, which operates the library on behalf of the Finney County library board, and began director duties Aug. 8. She replaces former director Stephanie Juarez, who moved to Texas this past May after three years at the library’s helm.
Previously, Tuller served as assistant library director for three years and was office manager for several months before that. Before coming to the library, Tuller worked as a case manager at Mosaic.
More than just books
Tuller said libraries aren’t just places to find books, they offer so much more content as well as a variety of programs.
“A lot of people think we are just books, but we do so much programming. We have something every single day,” she said. “I don’t think there is a minute of our day that there isn’t somebody on our computers here. Our audiobooks and playaways have really increased in usage because they’re smaller, handier. Those are really some neat ways that people are still reading, and I love that.”
Highlighting the change in how patrons can access library services, Tuller said, is the new Hoopla online streaming service that will “go live” on Saturday.
Hoopla allows content such as electronic books and music to be streamed to electronic devices. It has a downloadable app for both Apple and Android devices through which library card holders in good standing can check out e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, and television shows. The app can be used on computer, tablet and phones.
Tuller said patrons can check out five things per month. Just like physical versions, the electronic items can be used for a certain period of time before they are automatically removed from the device.
Listening to patrons
Tuller also is excited about implementing some things she’s always wanted to do at the library. One endeavor is to create a more visible, and prominent display area for the library’s new books. Currently, those books are located along a wall and are nearly out of sight when patrons come in the door.
“I am putting up some new shelves up here so they are the first thing you see when you walk in the door. The other thing I’m working on is our audiobooks,” she said.
Tuller said the audiobooks had been interfiled; for instance, all genres were mixed together making it difficult for patrons to find what they were seeking. She plans to label all of them to make it easier to find specific genres of audiobook.
“That’s something I heard that people really, really want is to have those separated out,” she said.
Tuller said the thing she enjoys is seeing children and families enjoying the library.
“I love it when people come to the library and go, ‘I didn’t know you did that! We can watch movies?’ It’s really exciting!” she said.
Tuller grew up in Manley, a town of 150 people in eastern Nebraska, roughly equidistant between Omaha and Lincoln. She attended a two-room country schoolhouse through sixth grade and has four siblings.
“I’m from a small town, a close-knit, everybody knows everybody, kind of place,” Tuller said.
Tuller has a diploma as a professional nanny, an associate’s degree in early childhood education, a bachelor’s degree in business management and ethics and in less than three months she will earn a master’s degree in information and library science.
She and her husband, Dr. Eric Tuller, own Garden City Veterinary Clinic and have lived in Garden City for 10 years. They have an eight-year-old son, Brenden.