KEYSER - Keyser Mineral County Library director Connie Sutton gave an update during the Tuesday morning meeting of the Mineral County Commission.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Keyser Mineral County Library director Connie Sutton gave an update during the Tuesday morning meeting of the Mineral County Commission.
“We are doing very well,” Sutton said to the elected officials, giving the number of 87 patrons assisted during the past month with technical computer issues.
Sutton said that some sought help with an online job application, or completing an employment resume, or accomplishing the know how to take part in a practice test for a specific career.
She said that the library helps when the question of “How do I do this?” is given by citizens visiting the library.
“We help those who do not have a computer or live too far out to have internet service,” Sutton said.
She said of the library, “That’s why we are here to offer direct service and improve citizen’s lives.”
Sutton told the commissioners about the Keyser, Fort Ashby and Burlington libraries, “We are open 123 hours per week” - more hours that the county courthouse is operational each week. Broken down, that is 51 hours for Keyser, 42 hours for Fort Ashby, and 30 hours for Burlington.
“We offer a vital service to our customers,” she said, saying that those citizens cannot go to the sheriff’s office for instructions dealing with a computer.
Sutton then brought to the floor the subject of increased funding for the three county libraries, which include Burlington and Fort Ashby besides Keyser.
She said that it has been years since increased funding was made available to the libraries, and, “It is getting difficult to make the match” for funding, adding, “Every year, we climb a hill” to receive matching funds.
In other business, the vacant position of the 911 addressing and mapping has been filled by Janette Basile, CIS analyst, and she will complete the job description through contract work.
Commission president Dr. Richard Lechliter said, “This will save the county money.”